ABC's comic-book-based drama "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." aired its first original episode in three weeks Tuesday night, and the show lost some ground in the ratings, according to early numbers from Nielsen.
"S.H.I.E.L.D." averaged 5.4 million viewers overall and earned a rating of 1.8 among key 18-to-49-year-olds, falling 14% from its last new outing and matching its lowest number yet with an episode that boasted a tie-in with the upcoming superhero movie "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."
Following up, ABC's 1980s-set comedy "The Goldbergs" fell 12% week-to-week to a 1.5 in the 18-49 demographic, while "Trophy Wife" held steady at a 1.0.
With "NCIS," "NCIS: LA" and "Person of Interest," CBS led the broadcast ratings race for the night with an average of 14.5 million viewers and a rating of 2.2 in the advertiser-desired 18-49 demo, in which a point equals about 1.3 million viewers.
NBC's "The Voice" declined 12% this week, to a 3.0 in 18-49, but was still the highest-rated show in the key demo. The network's new comedies remained solid as "About a Boy" grew 5% to a 2.0 and "Growing Up Fisher" held even at a 1.7.
Fox's "Glee" dropped two-tenths of a point to a low 0.9, and "The Mindy Project" returned from its hiatus with lackluster results. The comedy had back-to-back episodes Tuesday night, both of which scored a 1.0, down 33% from its last original episode.