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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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DF November 12, 2011 at 7:21 am

Please RENEW! I love this show, but like a lot of friends and colleagues, with the current economic state, have had to cancel cable and now catch shows online (or via iPhone app), where we still subject to commercials and ads. This show is one of my few favorites and you would be remiss to discount your online viewers. Thank you.

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emilie November 11, 2011 at 12:38 pm

n arretez pas vampire diaries damon est trop beau et la serie ne peut pas s arreter je veux qu il y ai autant de saison que desperate housewives

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India November 5, 2011 at 7:09 am

The Vampire Diaries is definitely going to get renewed for a fourth season and beyond. Number 1) because it’s a good show and number 2) and honestly more importantly it’s the CW’s #1 show. Idk about you but I really don’t think they would do that to their top program that and they wouldn’t want to deal with the gazillion complaints they would receive.

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Marie November 4, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Should NOT get cancelled…RENEW RENEW RENEW Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!! its my favorite show. Efff the ratings i say. lol

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Kd October 29, 2011 at 11:04 pm

I love this show soo much !! It should definitely be RENEW ! (: Ive loved this show ever since it first came on, and ive neve misse one episode on tv. You guys gotta RENEW IT!!

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michelle October 26, 2011 at 8:23 pm

This show is one of the best on tv and if people don’t watch it then they know nothing about substance. The cw should be about pleasing people who watch the shows and if they cancel it what else is there to watch really. It seems like everytime I start to really love a show it gets cancelled. So if vampire diaries gets cancelled then I geuss so does me watching the cw.

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Lyric Rose October 24, 2011 at 9:38 am

I’m a mid-40′s female who loves the genre, and have evolved, myself, from the Dracula movies of the “old days”. This show beats Twilight in script and ensemble cast quality and relational growth, but it needs to evolve the relationship between Damon and Elena or allow Damon to develop a real “in love” interest elsewhere. Or, at the very least, give the guy some more hook ups. As much as I love the quality/potential of the entire cast, the best chemistry to date are Damon/Elena and second, Caroline/Tyler.

Thankfully, “bad” Stephen and Paul Wesley’s acting are improving the Stephen character dramatically. Damon has by FAR the best scripting and equally the top talent in delivering. Somerhalder has moved from being an engaging actor to one who has really found his stride and in doing so has made the Damon character far more compelling than it might otherwise have been.

The female leads continue to inspire our loyalty as well. The character of Caroline has moved into the stratosphere in my appreciation for her growing strength, independence and self-acceptance; played with great chops by relative newbie Candace Accola. Elena, thank God, is building up some of her own chops at last. Nina Dobrev is simply incandescent in the dual roles she plays.

And, for heaven’s sake, restore the Alaric/Damon bromance. That is the next best scripting the show has produced and I miss it. It contributed greatly to elevating the show culture beyond the siloed tweeny focus of many others out there. The “bro” chemistry was equally strong and should not be retired.

This show has far too many good characteristics for the CW to even consider cancelling, but if they don’t move Damon/Elena along this season, they could lose more to DVR, other online and season packaged versions only. I consciously put up with the commercial advertising because I understand that pays for the show, but I won’t put up with it if they can’t see their way to continuing to give some outlet to the fantastic tension. BTW, I introduced to 30- something’s on my team at work AND my 20 year old daughter to the show, so my age group can count for significant impact as we talk to our peeps and our kids, too!

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nadine October 23, 2011 at 8:10 am

lol I LOVE T.V.D !!! and i would LOVE to see them to do not just season 4 but like 100 seasons and maybe even a T.V.D movie this is all way better the Twilight

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Jen October 21, 2011 at 10:06 am

It should definitly be renewed. This show has such a strong story line and an amazing cast. Not one episode of this show has been boring or all about sex like alot of these other shows. And it’s nice to be able to watch a show where people aren’t undressing every 5 minutes. TVD is amazing and I hope it’s renewed over and over again.

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Maggiesol October 20, 2011 at 4:07 pm

I love Vampires Diaries

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texasbelle1021 October 17, 2011 at 9:03 am

Love this show!

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sarah October 16, 2011 at 6:56 pm

OMG! i love this show sooooooooo much! if u cancel it, it wouldn’t make sense. you would make me and many other people sooo unhappy. anyway there has to be a 4th season. vampire diaries is the only thing i look forward to in the week. you have no idea how many times i have skipped famiy events just to watch TVD. if u cancel it, it would of been all for nothing. you would also be dissapointing fans. I’d hate if it was canceled. Why would anyway even have the thuoght of canceling the best television show ever??:(

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Lisa October 7, 2011 at 10:51 am

Renewed.. please please RENEW TVD for the fourth season. I love that show and I haven’t missed an episode yet. I will be devastated. TVD is my number one favorite show, as I am sure it is for others too.. please please please renew. People don’t just watch it on TV, there are online options as well plus DVRing it since some people do work in the evenings.

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Lynn October 2, 2011 at 10:16 pm

These ratings do not take into account the millions who wach it on line or DVR. Way too may comercials make watching the show on tv very irritating.

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admin October 3, 2011 at 3:40 am

Lynn » DVR and legitimate online viewing are taken into account but valued less. Why? Because it’s the commercials that are paying for the show’s production.

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Mary September 30, 2011 at 7:13 pm

The trouble with the show is that season one focused on the triangle and did not do much with the supporting cast. Season two did next to nothing with the triangle to focus on the supporting cast. Katherine was around all year and really did nothing. Didn’t tempt Stefan, didn’t put a wedge in Stelena…she just skilled around drinking and saying hello to Elena. Plus they rewrote what they already showed so it does not match up to earlier episodes. There are too many stories going on too. People push for Delena because they sell the show as a triangle, but it is not. A triangle is one person in love with two others who love them back. So far it is two people who love one person who only loves one of them in return. Stelena got boring, they need to move her towards Damon so Stefan can fight for her.

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