ABC Has Found a Man Magnet With Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

New Tuesday night drama reverses a long-standing trend

In the seven long years since ABC punted its powerhouse Monday Night Football franchise to cable sibling ESPN, the network has struggled to field a series that delivers a reliable cohort of young male viewers. Testosterone-drenched dramas like Life on Mars and Last Resort came and went without so much as leaving a ripple in the gender pool, while women continued to flock to sudsy fare (Grey’s Anatomy, Revenge, Scandal).