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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Clearly the Most Popular New TV Show of 2013

07.30.13

Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is the clear front runner for most successful show of fall 2013 so far. The new show’s 525,000+ Facebook Likes places it more than 200,000 Likes ahead of the next most popular show.

The Facebook Page for “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” has only been active for a couple months, but it’s already outpacing where last season’s most popular shows were when mid-season replacements started airing. It took seven to eight months for last season’s top shows like “Revolution” to reach the 500,000 Likes plateau.

Judging by this activity, ABC is going to be very happy when the show premieres this fall.

Coming in a surprising second place is the new CW show “The Originals.” The show already has more Likes on Facebook than any CW show that premiered last season with almost 300,000. That’s more than all but four new shows from last year have after more than a year of being live on Facebook.

NBC has jumped out to a quick lead again this summer with six of the twelve most-Liked new shows of the fall. The same thing happened last summer too as NBC enjoyed a ratings boom in the fall. Unfortunately, that boom quickly went bust during the mid-season.

As a whole, this upcoming season of network shows is trending far ahead of last year’s lackluster crop. Of the 25 new scripted shows that premiered on primetime TV last fall, only seven will remain on the schedule this season. Facebook Likes turned out to be a pretty strong indicator of being renewed too, as the five most-liked shows all survived to season two. It’s going to be fun to see how this season plays out as well.

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