ABC Picks Up Agents of SHIELD for Full Season

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Look out, bad guys: Marvel's Agents of SHIELD will be fighting crime well into 2014.

Despite a steady decrease in ratings since its series premiere, has picked up the freshman program for a full season of 22 episodes.

The Agents of SHIELD

Agents of SHIELD debuted on September 24 to 12.1 million viewers and a 4.7 rating among young adults.

Last night's installment, however netted just 7.9 million, but its 18-49-year old viewership actually edged out NCIS in the 8 p.m. hour.

Through three weeks, Agent Coulson and company rank at the number-one new show of the fall season among the these young adults, averaging a 4.0 rating that actually increases to 5.7 when Live+3 DVR playback is factored in.

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As far as I'm concerned, you're just another redshirt, like so many others who tried to stop me from saving the world. So, cool original story, bro. But this means nothing to me.

Coulson [to Ivanov]

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