Yeah, Ghost Rider all seemed better than I expected.
At this point, S.H.I.E.L.D. has earned my viewership, but I'm still never excited about anything they announce or plan, so I had nothing but skepticism toward Ghost Rider. And I'm still pretty skeptical. I don't know if they've revealed exactly how much they plan to use him this season, but it's hard to imagine him fitting into the show we've had for the past few seasons in a long term way.
Still, like I said, initial appearance at least exceeded expectations.