The Vampire Diaries: With Decent Ratings; Cancel It or Keep It?

The Vampire DiariesThe CW’s small-screen answer to the Twilight phenomena, The Vampire Diaries, has been on the air for three weeks. So, will the vampire series have a long life or will its life be cut short, staked to the heart like The Beautiful Life?

The Vampire Diaries story begins with teens Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) adjusting to life after the sudden death of their parents. Elena manages to find some comfort with friends like Bonnie (Katerina Graham), Caroline (Candice Accola), and former boyfriend Matt (Zach Roerig). Jeremy is on a more dangerous path, hanging out with stoners and using drugs.

As the new school year begins, Elena becomes drawn to a handsome and mysterious new student, Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley), who is secretly a vampire. Later, Elena almost dies from a savage bite to the neck. It comes courtesy of Stefan’s evil and estranged brother, Damon (Ian Somerhalder), who’s also in love with the mortal girl.

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The supernatural drama debuted on September 10th to 4.91 million viewers and a 2.1/7 rating/share among adults 18-49. What’s more, viewership grew between the first and second half hours, a good indication that people liked what they saw and would return the following week.

Though those numbers still put the show in third place for its timeslot, Vampire Diaries outperformed Smallville’s season opener a year earlier. For the struggling CW network, the premiere looked very good.

Unfortunately, a week later, the news wasn’t as rosy. With tougher competition from other networks, Vampire Diaries fell to fifth place in the ratings. Viewership dropped to 3.76 million and a 1.6/5 in the key demo. That’s a drop of 23% from the prior week’s audience. Still, considering the numbers from other CW shows, they’re considered respectable.

Last week, the numbers seemed to level off and even grow a little. An average of 3.81 million watched with a 1.7/5. The show was in fifth place in the timeslot and fourth place in the demo, tied with NBC’s struggling SNL Weekend Update Thursday and Parks and Recreation.

While the series isn’t a failure for the struggling CW network, it’s surely not as big a hit as they were hoping for, especially considering the popularity of the Twilight movie and books. The network’s already given the show a full season order and will certainly stick with it in hopes of growing its audience even further.

What do you think? Considering the subject matter, why aren’t more people tuning in? Is the show worth watching or would you cancel it?

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  1. Phoenix says

    KEEP!! Young and old will like this clever vampire serial. The actors really make this a fun romp and the writing has just gotten better and better. Spread the word far and wide so that this great new series will find an audience.

    • Anak says

      Yes!!! I love Twilight and Vampire Diaries… but right now I am so into VD that I can’t even think about Twilight… this is the best show ever, and I need season 2 and 3 and 4 and 10000 :DDD And I want my grandchildren to watch it… :))))

      For all those who wants this show to end: Please, stop ruining my life… if you don’t like something just ignore it, because there are others who doesn’t feel the same way you do… :)

  2. Maggie says

    HAHAH for all u wierdos who think Twilight is better than this show!
    IM ALL FOR VAMP DIARIES. haha screw ‘Team Edward’ and ‘Team Jacob’… Im going for ‘Team Stephen’ and ‘Team Damon’
    :) ANd im sure many will agree with me !!!!!
    Twilighttttt i ****** compared to this.

    • Emily says

      Actually, Twilight copied Vampire Diaries. The series was originally a trilogy published in 1991 and the Twilight book series came out in 2005. If you read both, you’ll see that Stephenie Meyer(author of Twilight) copied a lot of things that happened in Vampire Diaries. Get your facts straight. =)

  3. Laurie says

    KEEP IT!!!!! Love the story line, twists and turns. I, personally am not a huge fan of TWILIGHT, and yet I absolutely can’t quite this vampire phenomenom.

  4. Ag says

    Come on! cancel the show??? why?? if its 10000 times better than the piece of crap that twilight saga is…. Vampires should die out in the sun, not shine!! I hope it continues for more than smallville has already! WE WANT MORE VAMPIRE DIARIES!!!

  5. heather says

    definatley keep the show! i liked the books, but the show is much better for an older audience as well as the teen. please keep the show and season 2 and 3!

  6. C says

    I have to say this show needs to be cancelled. Thrown together with 2-Dimensional characters for the sole purpose of taking advantage of people who liked Twilight. Seriously, this is sad and I am a huge fan of the genere.

  7. elise says

    i love the show way better than the twilight movies and i like the books better than the twilight books. so noooo way can they cancel it

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