Little late with this, what with Amazon posting the episode so late yesterday, but how ’bout Vampire Diaries Thursday night? The ratings for Let the Right One In are much better than last week’s, to say the least. From the CW press release, courtesy of TV By the Numbers:
The CW’s freshman hit THE VAMPIRE DIARIES scored dramatic week-to-week gains, with increases of 26% in women 18-34 (2.4/8), 20% in adults 18-34 (1.8/6), 25% in women 18-49 (2.0/6), 23% in adults 18-49 (1.6/5), 33% in female teens (2.8/11) and 25% in total viewers (3.5 million), according to preliminary live plus same day Nielsen ratings for Thursday, April 8, 2010. THE VAMPIRE DIARIES posted its largest total audience since 2/11/10.
Competitively, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES won the 8:00-9:00p.m. hour among female teens, and tied for second among women 18-34.
Let’s be sure we keep up those figures for this Thursday’s episode, Under Control, yeah? (Watch the extended promo.) And if you’re looking for good Let the Right One In discussion, our forum’s bursting with it, so join in! And if you want to rate the episode, vote in our poll.
And for those looking for streaming/downloads…
As a side note, the response to Let the Right One In has been tremendous across the board. Yesterday was the busiest day, traffic-wise, that this site has ever had, and the enthusiasm for Vampire Diaries seems to be at an all-time high. Only five episodes left in the season, guys – and we don’t think the show will disappoint. Let’s make every Thursday count through the May 13th finale.
Julie Plec is interviewed in Variety about social media and the rising profile of TV showrunners as celebrities. The article’s a great read and Plec in particular talks about the Vampire Diaries fandom, Twitter, and instant feedback.
“The whole TV and film industry is built on focus groups and test screenings,” Plec says. “In my opinion, watching a Twitter feed during an episode of our show is a built-in focus group. They react to everything — and it’s fascinating because (over time) you get to witness your fan community as it builds and grows.”
Last night’s ratings are in and There Goes the Neighborhood rounded up 2.8 million viewers according to TV By the Numbers. (We expect the DV-R ratings will knock that up quite a bit.)
For those of you who missed it in North America, you can watch it online:
USA: Download from Amazon for $1.99
(Yeah, Canadians, we don’t know why CTV doesn’t have the episode up yet – sorry. And UKers, it’s not up on iTunes yet either. Lame.)
And finally – Fancast ran this tidbit about the upcoming Vampire Diaries season one DVD earlier this week, (which we mentioned on Twitter and then didn’t blog because…well, see below the quote):
Hey Matt! We need some more ‘Vampire Diaries‘ scoop! – tvdfansonline via Twitter
I feel like the remainder of this season got sufficiently scooped at the recent Paley Center event, so instead I will share this about the freshman drama’s debut DVD set: As we speak, exec producers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec and co-exec producer/director Marcos Siega are recording an audio commentary for the pilot, and there will be at least two featurettes. Look for Season 1 to hit stores in August.
The upside? Thanks to some clarification from the very nice people in Warner Bros.’ legal department on that non-disclosure agreement I signed, I’m allowed to say that I was interviewed for the special features back in early February. The downside? That’s all I’m allowed to say about the Vampire Diaries DVD set. I KNOW. Though I think they won’t get mad if I tell you that the featurettes mentioned above are quite cool and those putting the whole shebang together are very cool people. August seems so far away now but I think you guys will be more than happy when you’re holding that DVD set in your greedy mittens.
The CW have posted up the extended promo for episode 16 of the Vampire Diaries, “There Goes the Neighborhood”:
Around 3.3 million viewers tuned in to watch “A Few Good Men” last night. TV by the Numbers has more details:
Returning with new episodes, the CW’s Vampire Diaries scored a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, that’s the same as its last new episode (2/11). Vampire Diaries was down 8% to a 2.2 rating in the CW target women 18-34 demo.
Finally, SELF caught up with Katerina Graham to chat about Bonnie, the Vampire Diaries books and the supernatural:
Your character is one of the most powerful–no pun intended–on the show (sorry, Nina!). Tell us about Bonnie.
I love Bonnie because I like a character that evolves and grows and comes into her own. I love that she was really just kind of a quiet girl from the beginning who hung out with her gran and had the same best friends since the sandbox. She’s just a simple girl from a simple town, and she’s evolved. She’s strong and she is making her own decisions for herself, she’s not letting herself get steamrolled over. I love playing a strong female character. I’m all about that in my life, empowerment and feeling good about who you are and accepting who you are. I love that that parallels with Bonnie’s storyline of accepting that she’s a witch, accepting what she’s capable of, having the responsibility of that. I love playing someone like that that has conviction and passion. I’m all about that.
Last night’s awesome episode of the Vampire Diaries, “Fool Me Once”, racked up 3.55 million viewers. Honestly, we’re kind of surprised it wasn’t more, because website activity last night was rocking, with the poll attracting a lot of voters and the forums seeing a lot of action (the thread for “Fool Me Once” looks like it’s going to be our most active episode discussion thread yet!). Anyhow, 3.55 million is the number reported, and that’s still excellent. From TV by the Numbers:
CW’s Vampire Diaries was down a bit and saw lows with adults 18-49 and even with Women 18-34 it was on the low side (perhaps a series low with a 2.4 W18-34 rating).
Speaking of people viewing the episode, “Fool Me Once” is now available to watch online from the following sources:
Canadian Fans: Watch for free on CTV
USA Fans: Purchase from Amazon
UK Fans: Purchase from iTunes
The Hollywood Reporter has some new Vampire Diaries casting news. Stephen Martines (The Closer, The Guiding Light, General Hospital) will play a vampire by the name of Frederick who was one of the vampires in locked up in the tomb. Looks like he’s set to cause trouble in Mystic Falls, and we’re not sure that Alaric will take kindly to another guy in town going by the name of ‘Rick’. ;)
The CW have a nice new Vampire Diaries feature on their website, displaying how all the characters connect to each other. Click on the characters to find out more information, a long with a few video interviews with the actors talking about their characters. So far there are videos with Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder.
The Steven R. McQueen fans in the house are starting to get pretty vocal lately, so we’re sure they’ll all love Seventeen.com’s 17 Questions article, where you can find out about Steven’s first kiss, guilty pleasures, dream jobs, and how much cash he has in his wallet.
Finally, tomorrow is the final Hot Topic Cast Tour stop in Los Angeles. Sadly, wristbands for the signing are sold out but the Q&A is open to the public. So head on down to Westfield Topanga for 4pm to catch the cast and hang out with your fellow Vampire Diaries fans. We also suggest investing in some earplugs. The last two events were loud. ;)
Viewing figures are up for the Vampire Diaries with “Children of the Damned” drawing in 4 million viewers on Thursday night. From TV by the Numbers:
CW’s Vampire Diaries was mixed vs. last week, flat for adults 18-49 with a 1.8 rating, but up 7% vs. the CW target to a 3.0 rating for women 18-34.
If you missed the episode (or just want to watch it again), “Children of the Damned” is now available to watch/download in several places.
USA Fans: Watch on the CW or purchase from Amazon
Canadian Fans: Watch on CTV
UK Fans: Purchase from iTunes
Katerina Graham appeared on KTLA recently to talk about the Vampire Diaries, and you can watch the video of it below. Thanks to @CW_VampDiaries for the heads up.
Thanks to Denise for letting us know about this. UK newspaper “The Independent” has some Vampire Diaries features up online. There’s a short video featuring Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley (sorry, no embed options), and also an article all about the show.
…it’s worth noting Williamson and Plec’s recognition that a world with vampires in it should not ever be too cosy recalls not Twilight but that other great icon of teen vampire stories, Buffy. Williamson agrees. “What I loved about the L J Smith books was the folklore they created,” he says. “We wanted it to be a modern-day, sort of sexy soap opera. The town of Mystic Falls has a lot of things that go bump in the night, and it’s not just vampires. It’s got a little bit of Buffy where there’s that mythology that goes beyond vampires. There are all sorts of creatures of the night yet to emerge.”
Nina Dobrev is featured on the cover of the February issue of Indonesian magazine “Go Girl!”. For those of you who understand Indonesian, you can read the entire article here. Thanks to @DesiPuspandini for the scans!
WPIX chatted with Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley during the recent Hot Topic cast stop in New Jersey. They talk about the weather, the show and fan response, people asking Ian to bite them, Nina’s thoughts on playing Katherine and Elena, wearing corsets, being evil and Valentines plans. Thanks to @MegPlatt86 for the video link!
The Vampire Diaries started airing this evening in the UK on ITV2 (sponsored by Mentos mints; understandable, as we hear the undead tend to have bad breath). If you missed it, you can catch the repeats on Friday at 8pm (this applies to future episodes, too), or you can watch them on ITV Player: Pilot and Night of the Comet. Also, don’t forget that you can purchase all of the episodes aired so far in the USA in the UK iTunes store.
Vampire Diaries Romania have let us know that “The Awakening” is to be published soon in Romania. We don’t have a date yet, but the publishers, LEDA, are taking pre-orders. You can see the cover on the right (click on it to see the larger version), and we’ll let you know when we have an actual release date.
In more international book news, we’ve had word from Iva that all of the original book series has now published in Bulgaria. “The Fury” was published back in December, and “Dark Reunion” was published earlier this month. You can read our blog post from last year if you want a reminder of the covers, and you can find out more information on each of the books over on the publisher’s website.
The overnight ratings for the episode are in, with it pulling in 3.72 million viewers in the USA. From TV By the Numbers:
The other big beneficiary of the weaker competition at 8pm was CW’s Vampire Diaries, which was up 13% from its slow post-repeat gap start last week to a 1.8 adults 18-49 rating, near its season average for new episodes. Vampire Diaries had its best adults 18-34, adults 18-49 and total viewer (3.72mil) numbers since Nov. 12.
If you missed the episode (or just want to watch it again), “Unpleasantville” is now available to watch/download in several places (and no, we don’t know why Amazon didn’t have it up until today, either).
Finally, for a bit of fun, go and vote in the unofficial CW awards at Watch With Kristin. Get those votes in there for the Vampire Diaries, people. ;)
The ratings for “Bloodlines” are in, with the episode being watched by 3.7 million viewers. From TV By the Numbers:
The return after an extremely long hiatus wasn’t kind to Vampire Diaries as its 1.6 for adults 18-49 may have tied a series low (checking now) in that demo. Supernatural fared better, its 1.3 adults 18-49 rating was slightly above its season average for new episodes. In the CW target demo, Vampire Diaries scored a 2.5 rating for women 18-34, tied for second in the timeslot.
We’ve got a title for episode 15 of the Vampire Diaries, which will be called “A Few Good Men”. I don’t know about you, but it puts the strangest image in my head of Damon and Tom Cruise’s Lestat going head to head in a Mystic Falls court room.
There are some more spoilers zinging around about what we can expect for the second half of the season. Ausiello has a little spoiler about who Damon is going to hook up with next, while E!’s Kristin has some snippets from Julie Plec, Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev on subjects such as the love triangle, Damon’s phenomenal kissing ability and what’s in store for Elena (aside from potentially being knocked out with a kiss from Damon).
The Hot Topic cast tour is under way in Atlanta, and the cast are currently signing autographs. While fans weren’t allowed to take cameras in, both Nina Dobrev and Michael Trevino tweeted some pictures for the fans. Nina’s photo shows her fellow cast mates to be a nice, normal bunch, while Michael seems to inspire them to display a little more insanity. ;) The Q&A session will be taking place shortly.
Finally, while Ella was visiting the set yesterday, Nina informed her that she’s NOT going to be at the Insurgence: Bloodlines convention in the UK in March. We’ve contacted Rogue Events to find out what’s going on there, and will let you know if we hear anything.
We’ve got some more information about the Vampire Diaries being available for download on iTunes in the UK. Looks like ITV are trying something radical to help build a buzz for the show before it premieres next year, and to also try and encourage UK fans to download it via a legal route and combat piracy. The first ten episodes that have already aired in USA are going to be released on iTunes over the coming weeks, with (and this is the best bit) the remaining twelve episodes being made available for download in the UK the day after they’ve aired the USA. The pilot is now available for download in Standard Definition for £1.89 or in High Definition for £2.49. UK fans, enjoy catching up. You’re in for a treat.
And if you’re in London, don’t forget to head over to the Apple store on Regent Street this evening, where Nina, Paul and Ian will be from 5:30pm to promote the Vampire Diaries and answer fan questions.
Julie Plec has been spilling some beans to TV Guide Magazine about the second half of the season of the Vampire Diaries (which seems oh-so-far away right now!):
What’s happening when Diaries opens its pages again in January?
Our first episode back is a very Damon and Elena-centric story. The two of them go off on a little adventure and bond in a way she didn’t think they were capable of. Having left her necklace behind with the vervaine, the question is: is Damon taking Elena along of her own free will or is he controlling her to enjoy the experience. Also, Gina Torres (Firefly, 24) guest stars as a witch that Damon goes to visit.
The overnight ratings are in for “The Turning Point”, with a grand total of 3.7 million viewers. While the figures may be down, they’re still really good. Don’t forget the show was up against the New Moon première, and so lower ratings aren’t unexpected for the Vampire Diaries given the target audience is the same. We’ll see what happens when the DVR figured come in.