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The Vampire Diaries: 2011-12 TV Season Ratings

Vampire Diaries ratingsHere are the ratings for The Vampire Diaries TV show. This supernatural series follows the life of 17-year-old Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) who falls for a dark 161-year-old vampire named Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley). Their relationship becomes increasingly complicated as a result of Stefan’s malevolent and wickedly handsome elder brother, Damon (Ian Somerhalder). The third season of The Vampire Diaries typically airs on Thursday nights at 8pm on The CW network.

These are the TV show’s ratings for the 2011-12 season, the best way to tell if The Vampire Diaries is going to be cancelled or renewed for season four. Check out our CW ratings report card to see how this show’s numbers compare with the others on the network.

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

Final season three averages: 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 2.81 million total viewers.

Episode 03-22: Thursday, 05/10/12
1.2 in the demo (0% episode-to-episode change) with 2.53 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.29 in the demo with 2.81 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 14 TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-21: Thursday, 05/03/12
1.2 in the demo (+9% episode-to-episode change) with 2.54 million; tied for fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.30 in the demo with 2.82 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 14 TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Update: Vampire Diaries has been renewed for a fourth season.

Episode 03-20: Thursday, 04/26/12
1.1 in the demo (+10% episode-to-episode change) with 2.22 million; fifth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.30 in the demo with 2.83 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 14 TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-19: Thursday, 04/19/12
1.0 in the demo (-17% episode-to-episode change) with 2.21 million; fifth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.31 in the demo with 2.87 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 13 TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-18: Thursday, 03/29/12
1.2 in the demo (-8% episode-to-episode change) with 2.44 million; fifth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.33 in the demo with 2.90 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 13 TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-17: Thursday, 03/22/12
1.3 in the demo (+8% episode-to-episode change) with 2.69 million; fifth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.34 in the demo with 2.93 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 13 TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-16: Thursday, 03/15/12
1.2 in the demo (-14% episode-to-episode change) with 2.64 million; fifth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.34 in the demo with 2.94 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 13 TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-15: Thursday, 02/16/12
1.4 in the demo (+8% episode-to-episode change) with 2.90 million; fifth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.35 in the demo with 2.97 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 12 TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-14: Thursday, 02/09/12
1.3 in the demo (+8% episode-to-episode change) with 3.08 million; fifth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.34 in the demo with 2.97 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 12 TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-13: Thursday, 02/02/12
1.2 in the demo (+9% episode-to-episode change) with 2.74 million; fifth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.35 in the demo with 2.96 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 12 TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-12: Thursday, 01/19/12
1.1 in the demo (-8% episode-to-episode change) with 2.71 million; fifth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.36 in the demo with 2.98 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 12 TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-11: Thursday, 01/12/12
1.2 in the demo (-20% episode-to-episode change) with 2.86 million; fifth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.38 in the demo with 3.00 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 10 TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-10: Thursday, 01/05/12
1.5 in the demo (+7% episode-to-episode change) with 3.32 million; third in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.40 in the demo with 3.02 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 10 TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-09: Thursday, 11/10/11
1.4 in the demo (-13% week-to-week change) with 3.17 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.39 in the demo with 2.99 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 10 TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-08: Thursday, 11/03/11
1.6 in the demo (+7% week-to-week change) with 3.51 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.39 in the demo with 2.96 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 10 scripted TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-07: Thursday, 10/27/11
1.5 in the demo (+7% week-to-week change) with 3.28 million; fourth in the timeslot.
Season average: 1.36 in the demo with 3.28 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 10 TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-06: Thursday, 10/20/11
1.4 in the demo (0% week-to-week change) with 3.03 million; third in the timeslot (ahead of ABC and NBC).
Season average: 1.3 in the demo with 2.82 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 10 TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-05: Thursday, 10/13/11
1.4 in the demo (+17% week-to-week change) with 2.89 million; fourth in the timeslot (ahead of ABC!).
Season average: 1.3 in the demo with 2.78 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 10 TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-04: Thursday, 10/6/11
1.2 in the demo (-8% week-to-week change) with 2.63 million; tied for fourth place in the timeslot with Charlie’s Angels.
Season average: 1.3 in the demo with 2.75 million.
Demo average rank: #1 of 10 TV shows on the network (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012).

Episode 03-03: Thursday, 9/29/11
In week three, the ratings came up just a little with a 1.3 in the demo and 2.74 million. The show continues to be the network’s most successful program.
Season average: 1.3 demo with 2.79 million.

Episode 03-02: Thursday, 9/22/11
Week two was not as kind to Vampire Diaries. It dropped a disturbing 20% in the demo to a 1.2 rating and 2.52 million viewers. That matches the show’s worst performance of last season. It’s still CW’s strongest series but this isn’t a positive turn.
Season average: 1.4 demo with 2.81 million.

Episode 03-01: Thursday, 9/15/11
The drama returned with a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 3.1 million viewers. That was a year-to-year decline of about 6% and in the demo and could considered positive since the series wasn’t faring as well at the end of last season. It was in fifth place in its timeslot, as the CW shows usually are.


Reference point: The 2010-11 season averaged a 1.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 3.16 million viewers.

Note: These ratings are collected by the Nielsen company and are the final national numbers. These are different from the fast affiliate numbers which are just estimates of the actual ratings and are reported on by most other outlets. The final nationals are typically released within 24 hours of the programming or, in the case of weekends and holidays, a couple days later.

What do you think? Do you like the Vampire Diaries TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a fourth season?

 

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Marie September 28, 2011 at 7:30 pm

If TVD gets cancelled, millions of TRUE fans will be heartbroken….and i being one of them! It’s really too early in the season to tell whether or not it should or should NOT get cancelled. Just got keep watching, spread the word, and hope!! Plus, not every fan has the ability to watch it right when it airs so.

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Alise September 28, 2011 at 5:03 pm

I am an older fan of the show and love it. It’s storylines are terrific, the actors are talented and beautiful. Everyone that puts the show together is really doing a great job. I used to watch the show online but in support of the show I watch it on tv now. I would be devastated if it where cancelled. It’s the highlight of my week.

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Dawn September 28, 2011 at 3:44 pm

I am a big fan of TVD. Season one was AMAZING. Season 2 was pretty bad IMO, they were just all over the place with too many plot twists and turns and the promised love triangle, upon which the show was advertised and promoted – never developed, even die hard fans of the show were giving up. The two most popular characters of the show, Damon and Elena are hinted at but never developed. Season three premiere lost more fans again when it ended on a strong Stefan and Elena note, leaving many D/E fans , who are the majority, to just give up in despair. Basically, the writers just go off on their own merry little way and don’t listen to what the fans of the show want.

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Kat September 28, 2011 at 6:18 pm

And thank God they DON’T listen to what fans of the show have to say! They’re crafting their own story and I, for one, really really liked Season 2. Who Elena ends up with is such a small part of the overall story… a lot of the time I’m rooting for Caroline rather than Elena.

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Kat September 28, 2011 at 6:20 pm

If they just did everything the fans wanted, it would be a pretty boring, predictable show, is what I’m trying to say. Of course they listen to the fans, as they should, but they shouldn’t let fans dictate where the show goes.

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Nathan September 28, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Delena just can’t happen instantly. That’d be totally unrealistic to the characters and the writers. We all know it’s going to happen in some way or another eventually, but it’d be ridiculous if Elena just fell into Damon’s arms after one episode. It’d be ridiculously stupid and make no sense at all. There’s a build-up… The writers say that this season there will be some tension between the two, as we saw at the end of “The Hybrid.” D/E fans need to realize that good things come to those who wait. But, unfortunately, they’re the most impatient group I’ve ever come across… and it’s rather annoying. I love TVD with all of my heart… but some of the fans… not so much.

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Justine September 28, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Here in Malta the Vampire Diaries is not aired on any of the channels we get on the TV so we have to watch it online.. and believe me all the girls I know aged between 16 and 26 watch this show weekly as soon as they can find it on any site :).. So I say.. BRING ON SEASON 4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Shanzey September 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm

HOW CAN THEY CANCEL THIS SHOW ITS MY FAVORITE! And nearly everyone watches it online!

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Cassie September 28, 2011 at 10:18 am

I hope they realize that a lot of people watch it online. I’m an avid follower of the series and I love it! However, I hardly ever watch it when it airs. I either record it on my DVR or just watch it on my computer. I will be super upset if it gets cancelled!

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Natalie September 28, 2011 at 6:59 am

What a shame if it gets cancelled. It doesnt look like the 3rd season will be airing here in Australia but like a few of you have said, everyone is downloading it. I know so many people who follow TVD, and we are all an older crowd in our 30s. Will be devestated if it gets cancelled.

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maya September 27, 2011 at 6:48 pm

I really like the show and I am an older viewer.I agree with Sanne that people watch the show on line to avoid commercials.

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Sanne September 27, 2011 at 12:58 am

I really love the show and I really do not understand the low ratings.
I think most people watch it online, because it stands online the day after without all the annoying commercials.

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kesha September 26, 2011 at 11:43 am

i love the vampire diaries series it’s a fantastic and the actors and directors and producers are doing excellent jobs on the series and it’s my favorite series in the world and on the C.W. and i’m sure every one else loves the series as well and i love every one on the series they rock and every one of the actors seem very sweet and nice too people, “the vampires and werewolf’s and witches are so awesome on the vampire diaries and they can do anything they went too and my favorite ones on the vampire diaries are Nina Dobrev & Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley & Joseph Morgan and Katerina graham & Mattew Davis and Steven R. Mcqueen and Daniel Gillies i miss seeing playing Elijah on the series and hope too see him on there again and i love them all and all of the vampire diaries season rocks and i love too see them keep the show going on the C.W. and The books are cool as well…

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Evelyn September 26, 2011 at 12:29 am

I think Ian Somerhalder is the show’s biggest asset, and he loosing his single status, unfortunately has an effect on the show’s ratings.

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Dewsterling September 25, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Mine is a Nielsen household. My DVR skipped the 2nd episode of S3 and since the nice people at the CW won’t re-air it until December, I’m not going to bother. Deleted the show off my DVR this morning.

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CG September 26, 2011 at 7:44 am

The Nielsen system SUCKS! It’s not a realistic view of the fan base!

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OnlineAnyone? September 28, 2011 at 9:49 pm

You ever hear of watching that one episode online?? If I miss it for some reason I go right to the nice people at CW’s website and watch it.

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Caitlin September 25, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Personally, I like how the third season is going so far. I think the producers, writer, actors, and everyone else is doing a great job. The storyline is getting intestine and so are the romances and drama. This is a really terrific show and I would be devastated if it got canceled. This is my favorite show, and my favorite season. I think this show keeps getting better and better.

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Sheila September 25, 2011 at 5:45 pm

I am a pure fan of The Vampire Diaries and I am enjoying all of the various story lines that have been introduced so far in these past two espisodes! I vote for Season 4!

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Kat September 25, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I like The Vampire Diaries but there have only been two episodes at this point, so it’s too early to say whether it should be renewed or cancelled yet. So far, it hasn’t shown the magic of past seasons (though it’s still worlds better than The Secret Circle, which I’m struggling to stay interested in week after week.

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