Nerd Reactor has reported that a source inside ABC claims Agent Carter will be returning for a third season despite its low ratings. While we are still likely to not hear any official word before the upfronts in May, this is good, if surprising, news. While this remains just a rumor, it is not one without precedent. As I said earlier in my review of season 2 of the show, the first season also received low ratings and was renewed by popular demand. Season 2 of Agent Carter continued to receive low ratings, but positive reviews. If this rumor is true, ABC would be renewing the show essentially to continue receiving the high marks from critics and fans. This is an interesting turn of events, as it means that the studio is placing a certain value on critical acclaim that is not tied to the financial success of the series. An additional rationale for the renewal may be the fact that Agent Carter airs during the mid-season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and, therefore, is not really taking up space that would be bringing in much money otherwise. Regardless, I am pleased by this rumor. Let’s all hope it turns out to be true.