Welcome to the fifth and final season of the The Originals TV show on The CW. There’s no need to worry whether The Originals will be cancelled or renewed for season six, since this spinoff of The Vampire Diaries ends here. The ratings still matter though, as a benchmark for other CW TV shows. They also and can influence whether any potential sequels make it to air, so stay tuned.
A CW horror drama about the world’s first family of vampires, The Originals stars Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Phoebe Tonkin, Charles Michael Davis, Yusuf Gatewood, Steven Krueger, Danielle Rose Russell, and Riley Voelkel. Guest stars in season five include Claire Holt, Nathaniel Buzolic, Candice King, and Summer Fontana. In order to keep Hope (Russell) safe, Klaus (Morgan), Elijah (Gillies), Rebekah (Holt), and Kol (Buzcolic) absorb the Hollow’s energy and leave New Orleans. Soon though, they’re forced to return, and evil will follow them.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly in the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — usually the next day, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
5/17 update: You can see the rest of the latest night’s ratings.
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For comparisons: The fourth season of The Originals averaged a 0.32 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 940,000 total viewers.
Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you like The Originals TV series? Is it ending at the right time? If it were up to you, would The CW cancel or renew this TV show for season six?