The survival of Agents of SHIELD continues to astound fans and critics alike. While the show isn't terrible, most fans feel that the show hasn't reached its full potential and has somewhat jumped the shark in recent years. It looks like ABC feels the same since sources say the network would have canceled it if not for Disney.
According to Variety, Disney is the main reason why ABC hasn't canceled the Marvel spinoff show. It seems like ABC was content to end the show after four seasons, the last of which featured the newest version of Ghost Rider. Only the executives in Disney know why the show is still alive, but with a move to Fridays, fans can only hope that the fifth season does better.
Earlier this year, the mandate came down from Disney for ABC to renew its other Marvel drama, "Agents of SHIELD," despite the desire by some at the network to end the series after four seasons. Having aired on Tuesdays since its inception, "SHIELD" is shifting to Friday nights this season when "Inhumans" finishes its initial eight-episode run.
Marvel's success in ABC is a far cry from the various Netflix series. Agent Carter was canceled after season 2, despite ending on a cliffhanger. Inhumans is rumored to only last one season after it was panned by critics. How Agents of SHIELD lasted this long is quite surprising, even with lovable Phil Coulson as the lead.