'The Vampire Diaries' Makes a Killing with Viewers - Featured

The ratings are in, and it looks like vampires aren't going anywhere. Last night's series premiere of The CW's The Vampire Diaries was watched by 4.8 million viewers, and that's without any additional DVR numbers.

Just how big is that for the CW? It's on par with last year's much-hyped premiere of 90210, which was the CW's highest-rated premiere ever. However, I suspect the fall-off into the second week won't be as huge, since The Vampire Diaries doesn't suck nearly as much as that did.

Also, the CW can crow because last night's episode of The Vampire Diaries was watched by more people than anything on ABC or Fox. Yes, those networks featured repeats of Grey's Anatomy and Bones, but in all fairness to the CW, beating a Grey's repeat by almost one million viewers is kind of huge.

This is great news for the network after the disappointing ratings for Melrose Place (2009) earlier in the week, which scored 2.3 million viewers, less than half what The Vampire Diaries did. In other words, it's 100 percent clear now the CW needs to hold onto vampires and stop remaking '90s shows.

Sadly, news wasn't as good for Supernatural, which dropped to 3.4 million viewers. That's the second lowest season premiere the show has had in five years. But on the bright side, it was the show's highest rating since January, and there were only four episodes in season 4 that were watched by more people.

However, these numbers only refer to traditional overnight ratings. With the CW, a network that appeals mostly to younger audiences, the DVR numbers, which are usually compiled by taking all the views on DVR over the next seven days, will come out in about a week and a half, and I suspect The Vampire Diaries will add even more viewers when those come out.

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Default avatar cat
Sep 11, 2009 4:36PM EDT

It wasn't great... but definitely better than the Twilight movie... lol.

Default avatar cat
Sep 11, 2009 7:24PM EDT

personally im not really into the whole vampire phase everyone is one but i did kinda like it. There was a lot of music in it which was interesting....

Default avatar cat
Sep 11, 2009 10:15PM EDT

Well, musicaly speaking, Placebo's "Running up that Hill" alone could've won me over, but I really liked the Show too...

Sep 12, 2009 4:01AM EDT

i watched the teaser and i wasn't psyched about it... but i was bored so i decided to watch it + i love everything that has to do with vampires. and i was so surprised! the soundtrack was brilliant, the plot was interesting and the actors were so much better than i had expected. i do agree with winterrose, i totally kicked the twillight movie's butt.
only thing, getting kinda tired of the macho male vampire and fragile damsel in distress thing. (twillight,true blood...)

Default avatar cat
Sep 12, 2009 10:27AM EDT

Vampire Diaries is just getting started. I hope it's good as it is on it's pilot episode.
I'm kind of disappointed in the supernatural's ratings though. I hope it picks up soon!

Sep 12, 2009 4:34PM EDT

i would have preferred the within temptation version of running up that hill but can have it all not sure if i like this show as much as true blood its too teen angst ridden for me always writing in the diaries give it another couple of weeks then see

Default avatar cat
Sep 15, 2009 10:10PM EDT

considering it's based on a book series and I've read the entire series, I wasn't happy that they changed so many of the details. But, if I wouldn't have read the series first, I would have liked the show. I agree about the Twilight movie. I am a huge fan of that series as well, but I was very disappointed with the movie.

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