Vampire Diaries Breaks CW Records

Sure the CW hasn't been around that long, but anytime a show can be hailed as "the most-watched program" on a network EVER, it's newsworthy. But when that show happens to be about vampires and takes place during the height of their popularity, it isn't exactly surprising.

Curiosity gave The Vampire Diaries The CW's biggest series premiere "EVER" (CW PR hammers the idea home with some good old caps lock), with 4.8 million viewers tuning in to see if Diaries is a small-screen version of super phenomenon Twilight. The numbers beat the previous record holder, last year's debut of 90210.

Most networks have yet to unleash their season premieres, and Vampire Diaries took advantage, placing second in the night in target demos behind the season opener for the NFL. Wait, a CW show placed second!? Yep, second overall... at least in women 18-34 and adults 18-34.

The question now is can The CW hold that audience next week? History suggests that it won't, but vampire fare isn't exactly subject to mortal rules. Take True Blood for example, that show has gained viewers like gangbusters since its start. Is that a sign of vampire shows or a sign of a quality word-of-mouth show? We're predicting the latter, and think Vampire Diaries will see a drop-off next week when it faces real competition.

And for those keeping score at home, The Vampire Diaries' success didn't help the fifth-season premiere of Supernatural (recap here), which drew 3.4 million viewers--slightly down from last year.

The Vampire Diaries airs Thursday nights at 8pm on The CW.

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Sep 16, 2009
Looks okay, but Fringe is on same time, it wins. True Blood is amazing that's where I get my fill of vampire lore.
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Sep 16, 2009
The Vampire Diaries sucked. Supernatural beats Twilight and The Vampire Diaries hands down. I am a fan of True Blood and would like to see the measly vampires on Vampire Diaries up against real vampires such as the ones on True Blood.
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Sep 15, 2009
I have not seen The Vampire Diaries yet, but I will check it out.
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Sep 15, 2009
You go Vampires 8D
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Sep 15, 2009
zzzzzzzzzz
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Sep 14, 2009
Really good I watched it again last night
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Sep 14, 2009
I read the books it is based on when they first came out in 1991 15 years before Twilight even came out. So I was looking forward to when it was going to start and I wasn't dissapointed. I can't wait to see the next episode.
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Sep 14, 2009
Someone told me it's a love story about vampires for teens. Ew.
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Sep 14, 2009
I watched it and it was okay. I just hope it doesn't turn out to be to soap operae. Love love supernatural, but I didn't watch the premiere, only cause I still have to catch up on some on last season. I did dvr it though.
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Sep 14, 2009
I liked it, it was better than twilight
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Sep 13, 2009
I really liked the pilot.
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Sep 13, 2009
i am so sick of vampires... and stephanie meyer cant even write!
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Sep 13, 2009
Oh look 90210 with fangs :roll: Don't see it having the kind of cult following / longstanding that BTVS and Angel had. Like all the other "new" cookie-cutter teen dramas coming out of CW in the last few years - including the remakes - not going to be watching this one either.
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Sep 13, 2009
hate the twilight mania done with vampires
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Sep 13, 2009
They're teens? Really? 'Cuz they look like all the other teens on The CW, which means they look like adults. And when they are asked to spew dialogue that's completely inauthentic for teens and they don't look like teens it's hard to believe anything else that's going on.

Also, the lead girl (Dobrev) is seriously lacking acting chops. That will be a problem going along.
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Sep 12, 2009
Although I watch True Blood, loved Moonlight and read the Stephenie Meyer books, I still am going to watch this series. I saw epsiode one yesterday (I'm from Holland, so I can't get it the same night it aires) and liked it a lot.
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Sep 12, 2009
i really looking forward to this, love true blood:P
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Sep 12, 2009
Oh boy, that is a lot of teenage girls watching TV on a school night.
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Sep 12, 2009
Ehh another vampire shows... Buffy and Angel were the best....and I like True Blood. So I think, that enough
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Sep 12, 2009
I didn't even watch the show as nothing will ever be as GOOD as Moonlight.
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Sep 12, 2009
the onli reson i tuned in is because im a boone(ian somerhalder fan) nd im quite sure im not the onli 1!the show definately did not live up to my expectations!

it wasnt that great of a show!the onli show that has lived up to the true nature of vamps was angel!

VAMPIRES DNT FLY!its too close to the twilight series doh supposedly the books came out wat before them.

AND yeh dean and sam cud kick theirs asses anyday!GO SUPERNATURAL!
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Sep 12, 2009
This show is def. going to be my guilty pleasure show xD. The guys are just so HOT... lol. Especially Ian Somerhalder... he was the reason I first got into Lost xD. And I just need to say something about Supernatural... why don't more people watch this amazing show?? It's got everything: great music, great acting, great writing (can go from making you laugh one minute to making you cry the next), and, of course it helps that the leads are good looking XD. So all people watching VD, keep the set on for Supernatural!!
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Sep 12, 2009
Yeah that was highly amusing
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Sep 12, 2009
nina dobrev and 3 other actresses on the show just got arrested and released on bond. rofl. yeah lets see how long the show lasts.
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Sep 12, 2009
I am happy that vampire diaries set a very high record. I love it and it rating continue to increase.Goooo VAMPIRE DIARIES.
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Sep 12, 2009
I read the books, and i really liked the show too :) or atleast the series premiere..
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Sep 12, 2009
and no it did not set the cw record smallville got higher ratings then vampire diares already in season 7 they had 5 million viewers so i dont know why there saying it set a record and i hope this show vampire diares fails and starts plummeting in ratings
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Sep 12, 2009
The bad reviews the fact it was actualy on twice this week and may even be scheduled a third time (i didn't even dvr it till friday and i believe it's on again this week)and nothing new was on this week helped it i watched waiting for a train wreck while not wildly imaginitive or new it was what it was billed as. I can't compare it to tru blood any more then i can compare the edited version of dexter to the showtime dexter one was unwatchable. They hit there mark and the wife says i have to tivo it (though now recording 3 shows at 7 on thursday's lol) the review should have gone more in the nothing new here but it does what it sets out to do and will work for the group it's aimed at wife said two cute guy's i said wb is stealing everyone from degrassi.
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Sep 12, 2009
nt tht great/ supernatural was far better
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Sep 12, 2009
not another vampire series....it's time for something different.
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Sep 12, 2009
Watched the pilot and it was really good. I'm sure it will do well if the ratings keep up
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Sep 12, 2009
I knew it was going to be a big hit. The pilot rocked and kept viewers wanting more so I'm sure it will stay strong. ;)
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Sep 12, 2009
It's hard to believe that 4.8 million people tuned in to watch the pilot of this show. I wonder how many are just feeling unsatisfied with the current selection of vampire dramas on tv...and hoping that just maybe this show would make up for the best ever vampire drama series being canceled after only 16 great episodes. Well they can try but I'm afraid that nothing will ever come close to Moonlight. Sorry folks.
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Sep 12, 2009
surprising considering the fact that i only watch because there was nothing else on. the acting was not at it's best but who am i to critique. it was pretty good but vampires are getting lame.
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Sep 12, 2009
gee i wonder who watches this show...i apologize for the obvious sarcasm but i read this series plot summary and i just went "wait a minute i was forced to watch this movie recently, i wonder if these vampires glow in the sunlight too" and then i carried on to watch a show worth watching.
Obvious shows demographic is obvious.
Don't get me wrong I'll watch a couple episodes to see if it's worth it, if it isn't..well i wasn't expecting much, if it is well i most certainly would stand corrected...however unlikely that may be.
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Sep 12, 2009
Supernatural still kicks this shows butt. People are just busy, check the online ratings and then we'll see for that. Like we need another vampire show.
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Sep 12, 2009
I'm not into vampire stuff.
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Sep 12, 2009
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Sep 12, 2009
Congrats!
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Sep 12, 2009
eh vampire diaries is A REPEATED CHLICHE BRING ON THE WEREWOLVES!
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Sep 12, 2009
I don't care about the Vampire Diaries, the show looks like crap. But I'm a little disappointed that Supernatural had less viewers since this season looks like it will be amazing.
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Sep 12, 2009
Oh this makes me so sad. Every review has panned it, but 12-year-old girls will not be denied.
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Sep 11, 2009
i'll take a look but most likely wont be watching the entire 1st season
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Sep 11, 2009
poor mans true blood with typical CW plot lines.
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Sep 11, 2009
I wasn't a fan of the pilot episode. It was such a cliche and the two main characters don't have any chemistry. I felt more "passion" with the ex than her and the vampire.
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Sep 11, 2009
I don't think I could have had lower expectations for TVD, but it pleasantly surprised me. I expected it to be an even further dumbed down version of Twilight, which I hated. But it looks like it may actually have some substance. I've set my DVR to record the entire season. 7.5/10 for the premier.
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Sep 11, 2009
You really see that quality has nothing to do with ratings when a show that has already been done a thousand times over gets more viewers than a good and original show like Supernatural.



I think that this show has the Twilight craze people and fans of Ian Somerhaulden watching but I don't think it wil get a loyal fanbase who will stick with this show for more than 1 season and ratings will drop some each episode
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Sep 11, 2009
I haven't watch it but I will give it a try. My thursdays soon will be filled by ABC's dramas and The Office...
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Sep 11, 2009
i watched last night but i thought it was okay...but i don't think ill watch it again cause i watch bones on fox on that night and time
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Sep 11, 2009
I watched
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