With its Season 2 winter finale last night, Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1.7/5) was full of fanboy salivating reveals and greater connections to the larger Marvel Universe. With that, plus another peek at the upcoming Marvel’s Agent Carter’s January 6 premiere and an after-the-credits scene, the Clark Gregg-led superspy show was down 19% from its Season 1 winter finale on December 10 last year. That 2013 episode ran at 8 PM unlike this year’s midseasoner which was in the show’s new slot of 9 PM. Compared to last week, S.H.I.E.L.D., which has had a roller coaster ride in Live + Same Day results this cycle, was steady with just a 6% dip among adults 18-49.

Part of that was undoubtedly because like last week, Tuesday’s S.H.I.E.L.D. midseason ender had a Christmas special lead-in. Not one that particularly helped the Marvel show. At 8 PM, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1.1/3) was down a hard 31% from last year. CBS’ 8 PM Christmas special Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (2.8/9) only dipped 7% from last year. With 10.67 million viewers, the tale of Santa’s bright friend was the second most watched show of the night after time slot rival The Voice (2.2/7), which had 10.87 million total viewers. Heading toward next week’s finals, the NBC competition show was down 15% from last week. At 10 PM, up against the Sons Of Anarchy series finale over on FX, S.H.I.E.L.D. lead-out Forever saw the freshman steady with its strong December 2 performance with an 8% slip.

THE VICTORIA'S SECRET FASHION SHOWSuperspies and reindeer are great, but the real heroes last night were super models and music superstars. Virtually even with last year’s broadcast, The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (3.3/10) was easily the highest-rated show of the night – dipping 3% from its December 10, 2013 show. Topping its 10 PM slot in viewers (9.12 million) as well and with Taylor Swift appearing, the 1-hour VSFS also topped the night in the 18-34 with a 3.9 and a very strong 5.1 among W18-34. All of which delivered CBS a 2.6/8 rating for the night and total viewership of 10.004 million and a win in both categories.

Of course, Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. wasn’t the only superhero universe TV series wrapping it up for the year last night. With revelations of its own, and a significant reversal, the winter finale of The CW’s The Flash (1.5/5) certainly gave fans of the DC Comics’ Scarlet Speedster a lot of ponder over the holidays – and this comes a week after the not inconsequential and highly promoted Flash and Arrow crossover episodes. Last night’s The Man in the Yellow Suitwinter finale didn’t match that mega-bump of last week but no one could expect that. However, it was surprising that the freshman slipped a mere 6% from last week – especially on such a heavily competitive night. The rest of Season 1 of Flash is back on the TV track on January 20 next year.

As The Flash dipped, the Season 10 winter finale of vet Supernatural (1.1/3) was even and up. That’s even with its S9 winter finale of December 3 last year and up a strong 22% among the key demo and 21% among total viewers from last week. That matches a season high for Supernatural in the 18-49s, and, with 2.81 million tuning in, the most watched episode of the show since October 15, 2010.

Fox’s MasterChef Junior (1.6/5) was even with its December 2 show while comedies New Girl (1.5/4) and The Mindy Project (1.2/3) were steady with 7% and 9% rises each. The rest of NBC’s night post-Voice did not see such good news with Marry Me (1.2/4) slipping 8% and About A Boy (0.9/3) falling 18% to tie a series low in fast nationals. A special NBC News: Angelina Jolie: Unbroken: The Real Story (1.0/3) was soft against the VSFS in its promotion of the Universal-released pic coming out on Christmas Day.