You don’t need to be Level 7 to hear this news: ABC has officially ordered a full season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The move was probably a foregone conclusion even before the series premiered to 12.1 million viewers, making it TV’s best drama debut in nearly four years; given Marvel’s involvement, the blockbuster success of The Avengers, and the amount of money being thrown at the series, I probably could have written this story weeks ago and just left the date ready to fill in like Mad Lib. But still, it’s now official.
Though the show’s ratings have dropped in the two weeks since it debuted on September 24, the series still ranks as the number-one new show of the 2013-14 TV season among adults 18-49, averaging a 4.0 rating that jumps to 5.7 when you factor in Live + 3 Day DVR viewing.
If this news means anything, it’s that the show is one step closer to being renewed for a second season come spring, and that means we’re one step closer to entertaining the idea that Cobie Smulders could be part of the series in a more definite manner once How I Met Your Mother wraps its nine and final season in May.
S.H.I.E.L.D. is the second new show of the season to receive good—as in, “You’re not canceled!”—news; last week, Fox renewed its supernatural drama Sleepy Hollow for Season 2, skipping the full-season pickup altogether.