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Agents of Shield vs. NCIS - TV Guide: Ask Matt: Jul 29 '13

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TV GUIDE: Ask Matt: S.H.I.E.L.D. vs. NCIS, Glee Tragedy, Orphaned at the Emmys

Jul 29, 2013
by Matt Roush

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Question: NCIS has been a ratings juggernaut for CBS for many years. It has consistently been the top-rated show. But I wonder if that is going to last. ABC has scheduled Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. opposite NCIS this fall. I know S.H.I.E.L.D. has a lot of positive heat going for it at the moment. It's also directly tied to a series of blockbuster movies. And now the very popular Cote de Pablo is leaving. Her character Ziva's chemistry with Tony has been a major draw. I know the show is going to have to very careful in who they hire to take her place. Could this be the season that knocks NCIS for a loop? Right now, it's looking a bit vulnerable. What are your thoughts? — Todd

Matt Roush: I'm thinking there will be room for both to thrive. I'll be getting my first look at S.H.I.E.L.D. next weekend when ABC presents its lineup at the TCA press tour, but there's little question it's one of the most anticipated new fall series. It may well take a bite out of NCIS's incredibly broad audience, especially in the younger demographics, but even with the controversial departure of Ziva — a subject that continues to percolate in my mailbag — it's probably not wise to underestimate a show that has lost precious little of its mainstream appeal in a decade on the air. If S.H.I.E.L.D. lives up to creative expectations, it will likely bring new viewers to the time period, including genre fans underserved when it comes to big-budget, network-caliber fantasy TV. I certainly wouldn't expect it to beat NCIS in the ratings (at least not in total audience), but if S.H.I.E.L.D. becomes a contender, that's good for everyone, especially ABC...

Agents of Shield premieres Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 8/7C on ABC.

Agents of Shield cast includes Clark Gregg, Ming-Na, Brett Dalton, Elizabeth Henstridge, Ian De Caestecker and Chloe Bennet.

NCIS season 11 premieres Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 8/7C on CBS.

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