It was all Marvel all primetime on Tuesday on ABC. With a soft Marvel’s Captain America: 75 Heroic Years  special (0.9/3) as a lead-in and a move out to Hollywood, Marvel’s Agent Carter (0.9/3) was back in action last night with its Season 2 premiere after moving out of the way of the State of the Union.

Like its Season 1 debut on January 6, 2015, the Hayley Atwell-led show kicked things off with a two-hour premiere – but there wasn’t a lot of kick to be had. On a night that saw a number of declines overall, Agent Carter had big fall of 52% from its 8-10 PM debut last year to a series lows in early numbers. Compared to its one-hour Season 1 finale on February 24, 2015, last night’s show was down 23% in the demo in the 9 PM slot. While obviously not the numbers ABC hoped for, the net may now turn to delayed viewing for better results. On average, Agent Carter saw a 47% growth in the demo and a 38% rise in viewership in Live+3 results during its first season.

flash s2 winter retrunPersonal angst, robbery and a kidnapping dominated the Season 2 winter return of The Flash (1.3/5) on the CW last night. That’s a dip of 7% from the Scarlett Speeder’s Season 1 winter return of January 20, 2015 and even with the WBTV-produced series’ December 8 winter finale – a season low. Flash was far from the only DC Comics hero on the CW last night with a 9 PM preview DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow: Their Time Is Now special (0.9/3) ahead of the spinoff’s January 21 debut. From small screen to big screen, the Kevin Smith co-hosted DC Films Presents: Dawn Of The Justice League special (0.8/2) followed at 9:30 PM with the debut of a new Suicide Squad trailer.

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With President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union speech filling up the later part of last Tuesday, most comparisons for last night’s non-debuts are with their last originals of January 5. Having said that, one of the shows that was on last week before the SOTU was NBC’s Hollywood Game Night (1.2/4), which was up 9% in the key demo to hit a season high in viewers (4.63 million) and match a season high among 18-49s. Two other shows that had an original on last week, Fox’s New Girl (1.3/5) and Grandfathered (0.9/3), were down 13% and 10%, respectively.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.1/4) and The Grinder (0.8/2) were down 8% and even, respectively, with their January 5 shows. The rest of NBC’s night saw declines for non-crossover episodes of Chicago Med (1.6/5) and Chicago Fire (1.7/6) of 16% and 8%, respectively from their last originals.

CBS was the night’s winner overall with a 1.8/6 rating and 12.32 million viewers, with a new NCIS (2.4/8) leading as the highest rated and most watched (17.37 million) show. Compared to its last new episode of January 6, the procedural was down 11% in the demo. Lead-out NCIS: New Orleans (1.8/6) saw a big 28% fall from its last original, while Limitless (1.2/4) had a less dramatic 14% drop.