The cancellation of "Agents of SHIELD" won't likely happen anytime soon. A report stated that ABC is under strict orders from its parent company, Disney, to keep the show on the air despite its falling ratings.

This has been an issue for the network even before the new TV season opened this fall, according to Variety. Allegedly, there is a friction among ABC network executives and Marvel Television executives, which both belong to the Disney family.

Sister companies cannot get along?

Marvel Television creates, produces and delivers "Agents of SHIELD" and the new series "Inhumans" for distribution via ABC.

"Agents of SHIELD," however, has been underperforming in the ratings.

From 12 million viewers in its debut season in 2013, the show dropped to two million viewers in season 4, according to Bleeding Cool.

Such a pattern should have led to the show's cancellation as it is a common business practice among TV networks. Disney, however, reportedly prevented ABC from pulling the plug to boost a new series.

As it is, ABC’s new superhero series has been getting bad press, and bad reviews from critics show saw the pilot episode in advance. Apparently, the network executives are feeling the sting from these shows when it could have more profitable programs in their lineup.

ABC’s Friday block

The parent company's order went against the plan of some of the network executives to end the Marvel show after season 4. As a result, ABC renewed and scheduled "Agents of SHIELD" on the Friday night block at 10:00 EST, from its previous Tuesday night block.

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Inhumans” will debut on Friday, Sept. 29, at 10:00 p.m. EST on ABC. “Agents of the SHIELD” has no specific midseason premiere date for now but speculations are that it will air sometime January 2018.

“[SHEILD] is going to come on right after Inhumans,” ABC chief Channing Dungey said, according to Entertainment Weekly. “As soon as the eight episodes of Inhumans is done, then SHIELD will begin,” she further confirmed.

Coming up on ‘Agents of SHIELD’

Meanwhile, “Agents of SHIELD” will still have around 22 episodes for season 5. Star Clark Gregg, who plays Agent Phil Coulson, will be directing an episode of season 5. It won't be his first directorial job, however, as Gregg helmed and co-wrote movies like "Choke" (2008) and "Trust Me" (2013).

Production of "Agents of SHIELD" season 5 started last July. The series also stars Ming-Na Wen (Melinda May), Chloe Bennet (Skye Johnson), Iain De Caestecker (Leo Fitz) and Elizabeth Henstridge (Jemma Simmons).