Though it’s done well for The CW, The Originals has never matched the ratings for The Vampire Diaries. As the latter show goes through a creative shakeup this season, could this be the year that the spin-off surpasses it? Is The Originals essentially guaranteed to be renewed for a fourth season because of potential syndication profits or, could it possibly be cancelled? Stay tuned.
A Vampire Diaries spin-off, The Originals revolves around the world’s first vampires who’ve returned to reclaim New Orleans. The cast includes Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Phoebe Tonkin, Charles Michael Davis, Leah Pipes, Danielle Campbell, Yusuf Gatewood, and Riley Voelkel.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly 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.
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For comparisons: The second season of The Originals averaged a 0.59 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 1.31 million 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? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for a fourth season?