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Posted by | December 10, 2010, 12:19 (EST) | 34 Comments
Category: The Vampire Diaries TV

The ratings are in for By the Light of the Moon with the episode drawing in an average of 3.1 million viewers. From TV by the Numbers:

The CW’s The Vampire Diaries was down a tenth in the CW target women 18-34 ratings to a 2.1 rating. While I don’t keep track of women 18-34 ratings long term, the The Vampire Diaries’ 1.3 adults 18-49 rating was a season low.

And before anyone gets worried, those figures are still good, and the show is in no danger of being cancelled. ;)

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Canadian fans: watch the episode the CTV website or MuchMusic.

Need to chase off the sudden onset of the hiatus blues? Head on over to TV Squad to watch a video Candice Accola revealing what TV shows she watches. Her segment can be found at the 1:13 mark, and she’s guaranteed to make you laugh.

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  • http://twitoaster.com/tvdnews/ tvdnews

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  • SophRuss5

    @tvdnews It literally baffles me that the ratings arn’t higher!

  • vampdiariesfan

    “no danger of being canceled”…although that ep let down a lot of fans. Crossing my fingers that the fans stay with it and come back in Jan.

  • SafiTaffy99

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  • Eve

    Last nights episode will bring viewers back. That was a GREAT EPISODE. I think people thought that since Stefan was in the tomb that he would betray Elena. Thankfully he didn’t. Love them together.

  • Mata

    This episode totally deserved NOT to be seen. Elena and Stefan are epicly epic once again, and Damon and Rose are friends with benefits? Never expected that a time would come when I´d approve of low TVD ratings, but I’d change my channel, too :(.

  • Adele

    Oh I live in Europe and God do I wish I could support the show by watching it. But I can’t. And that sucks. But what’s the average rating for series in US?

  • rehabber

    Oh I live in Europe and God do I wish I could support the show by watching it. But I can’t. And that sucks. But what’s the average rating for series in US?  

    Well not to worry, TVD is the highest rated show on the CW network. It is not going anywhere.

  • Canadiantvdfan

    What a great episode. I did not have much hope for it but I was PLEASANTLY suprised. The regular stuff took a back seat for a while and let Tyler shine. OMG, big applause to Michael Trevino, what an excellent job he did. EXCELLENT! I really enjoyed the whole Tyler/Caroline thing, her staying for support. Still trying to absorb it all, but I knew Stefan would not betray Elena. Is my hearing off or when Elena first tried to get out of the house to find that she was trapped, when Bonnie said that “It is for your own good, Nina.” She said Nina right? I keep watching it and all I hear is Nina not Elena.

  • sonia

    Perhaps the lack of Damon in the promo was the reason? I know he’s hugely popular. The 30 second promo was all about Stefan and it maybe didn’t interest viewers. Also they didn’t release any other webclips for this episode. I really hope after yesterday’s lackluster episode, viewers will not tune out. I see a lot of discontent online.

  • midnightblack07

    Perhaps the lack of Damon in the promo was the reason? I know he’s hugely popular. The 30 second promo was all about Stefan and it maybe didn’t interest viewers. Also they didn’t release any other webclips for this episode. I really hope after yesterday’s lackluster episode, viewers will not tune out. I see a lot of discontent online.  (Quote)

    same here :( I’m hoping they come up with some enticing (and not *misleading*) promos for the second half of the season because I see quite a bit of negativity after last nights episode. IMHO, I didn’t find it atrocious :S yes, perhaos it didn’t have the “oomph” one would have expected from TVD’s mid-season finale, but quite a bit was revelaed with regards to Elijah and his motives and we have a whole new werewolf angle that’s bound to stir up some trouble.

    I actually find the overwhelming negativity a little upsetting. Of course, eveyone is entitled to their opinion and if you didn’t like it you didn’t like it, but the show has been delivering amazing material non-stop for one-and-a-half seasons and to have people say they won’t be watching anymore, etc over one lackluster episode that wasn’t without it’s golden moments is a bit disheartening IMHO.

  • Red

    Perhaps the lack of Damon in the promo was the reason? I know he’s hugely popular. The 30 second promo was all about Stefan and it maybe didn’t interest viewers. Also they didn’t release any other webclips for this episode. I really hope after yesterday’s lackluster episode, viewers will not tune out. I see a lot of discontent online.  

    They don’t have all the footage for the episode available for making promos yet, so there’s a limit to what could go in there. This is also a good reason for no webclips (though they don’t usually release those when there’s a hiatus, and save them for closer to the episode).

  • sonia

    @Red I meant no other promos or webclips were released for “By the Light of the Moon” other than the one 30 second promo.

  • Red

    @Red I meant no other promos or webclips were released for “By the Light of the Moon” other than the one 30 second promo.  

    Aaah, My bad. Though it stands for the people who ARE asking about the webclips. :)

  • Denise Stoltenberg

    I have been disappointed all season, not just with this one episode. I’ve only liked really one of the episodes so far (Masquerade). I knew they were going to push the werewolf storyline (not my forte), but I didn’t think it would be at the expense of the other characters. Everyone’s either been terribly underutilized (Matt, Jenna, Alaric), or worse poorly written for, and out of character (Stefan, Damon particularly). It’s probably a good thing there isn’t a Nielsen viewer’s diary in my house, which is what they base their ratings on. I think that’s a poor system of rating a show anyway. Basically, it’s a mere 1000 households with television sets that dictate randomly which series stay on the air. My taste in programs are often very different than theirs. Whichever percentage of those 1000 households that have Nielsen diaries to track their viewership in is supposedly representative of the millions in this country that actually watch TV. It’s very skewed. I had a friend that was chosen as a Nielsen viewer about 10 years ago and she’d vote for her favorite shows in her diary whether she actually was watching or not. It’s not a very efficient system overall. It is a thing of extrapolating and estimations. No one really know how many TVs are really tuned in to any program on any night.

  • http://aol sue britt

    Put Damon and katherine together! he is soooo sexy!

  • Jennifer

    What the F?

  • amanda

    Maybe people didn’t like last weeks episode when Stefan was put in the tomb and didn’t want to see (because of the clip) Stefan being unfaithful to Elena. Then Damon making a move on Elena. Not everyone thinks Stefan and Elena relationship is boring and not everyone wants Elena with Damon.

  • http://REALBLOOD-VAMPIREDIARIES lemor davidovici

    it was so cruel & selfish of stefan letting the oldest vampire to keep katherine against her will in the tomb the spell was broken so katherine could of been freed but the dumb oldest vampire compeled katherine with his black eyes for her to stay in the tomb he let stefan out of the tomb because he needed elena so he can kill claus the vampire before stefan was out of the tomb katherine was nice to him by telling him the truth of how to save elena from being killed !! but like elena when she lied to damon stefan lied to katherine he worse than any cruel supernatural being!! when katherine finally is able to leave the tomb she will go for revange against the salvatore brothers !.

  • Michelle

    Well i was very disappointed with that episode, i was so hoping Stefan and Katherine would rekindle some of their closeness from 1864, it left me feeling completely flat and by the time the episode finished i felt it was the worst of the season so far :( I also hate how Katherine is getting picked on, no wonder she is so hard and won’t let anyone in, her appeal to Stefan at the end was very moving and i almost cried, i hope she doesn’t end up dying, i need the writers to show her a little love in up coming episodes.

  • Sonia

    Maybe people didn’t like last weeks episode when Stefan was put in the tomb and didn’t want to see (because of the clip) Stefan being unfaithful to Elena. Then Damon making a move on Elena. Not everyone thinks Stefan and Elena relationship is boring and not everyone wants Elena with Damon.  (Quote)

    I would believe that if not for the fact that the ratings for the second half hour were quite a bit lower than the first half. Didn’t the Stefan/Katherine thing turn out to be a dream in the first 10 minutes? And it was quite clear there was not going to be any Delena scenes by the time we were half way through. The writers dropped the ball on the set up. And you should remember that these ratings reflect both the east coast and west coast. The west coast episode airs 3 hours after. By then, most have found out online the reaction to the episode. Anyway, this is all arm chair critiquing. We don’t really know why the ratings are low. All I saw was a ton of complaining online after the episode aired.

  • Michelle

    Well i’m from the uk and don’t worry at all about wether people feel it was a good or bad episode as far as watching is concerned, even though i feel let down by this latest episode i will always watch them all fully, i love the show,, it is my favourite ever tv series, better even than buffy the vampire slayer which i really loved, i have bought the first series on dvd and when the second is released i will buy that and how ever many more seasons they make but i still feel it would be nice if sometimes the writers could read forums such as these and at least give the loyal fans a little of what they crave even though i’m sure pleasing everyone would be impossible!. Please everyone don’t stop watching just because you didn’t like one episode, think of all the truely great episodes we’ve had :)

  • joellen

    i want damon and elena together.katherine told damon she wanted stephen,damon would rather poke his eyes out then be locked up with kat.i dont like rose at all,get her out of there.jeremy and bonnie,they look good together,forget luca.BUT,as for matt and caroline and tyler,caroline and matt need eachother.tyler has always been by himself.to me he uses girls,like the way he used vicki.poor matt hes gone through hell,he needs caroline,plz make them a couple again.

  • tina

    Ratings will go up because of this episode. Last weeks episode with Stefan in the tomb. People were thinking oh, now Damon is going to chase hard after Elena. That gets a little boring after a while. Other then Damon/Elena fans people want to see more of the show. The werewolf part was great. Bonnie trying to do spells has come along way. Love her!

  • Vamp Lover

    Maybe people didn’t like last weeks episode when Stefan was put in the tomb and didn’t want to see (because of the clip) Stefan being unfaithful to Elena. Then Damon making a move on Elena. Not everyone thinks Stefan and Elena relationship is boring and not everyone wants Elena with Damon.  (Quote)

    Hi Amanda, Looking at that from the point of view from a Stefan fan, I see what you mean…if the situation were reversed, I don’t think I’d want to sit there and watch Damon cheat on Elena, and then watch Stefan swoop in…please note, I said if the situation were reversed.

    Personally, after watching The Sacrifice and By the Light of the Moon back to back, I’m kind of glad that none of the above happened. I would have loved for the writers to have allowed Stefan to have gotten into Kat’s head, and challenged her that way, but I don’t think I would have been happy if he did the deed with Katherine.

    As a Damon fan, after watching the first half of this season, I don’t think I want Elena with him right now. Watching the relationship she has with Stefan, I really don’t think she’s ready for Damon, yet. Before I start a shipper war, please note I said, YET!

  • ElenaLovesDamon

    So honestly, I did dislike this episode a lot. The promo was horribly deceiving with Kat and Stefan, I wish they did have sex, it would make Delena so much easier.

    And I’m not sure if I like that Elijah is the good guy now. He wants to save Elena? Barely anything happened of worth in the last episode, and again, barely any Delena action. You’d think there would’ve been more with Stefan in the tomb!

  • Jill

    same here :( I’m hoping they come up with some enticing (and not *misleading*) promos for the second half of the season because I see quite a bit of negativity after last nights episode. IMHO, I didn’t find it atrocious :S yes, perhaos it didn’t have the “oomph” one would have expected from TVD’s mid-season finale, but quite a bit was revelaed with regards to Elijah and his motives and we have a whole new werewolf angle that’s bound to stir up some trouble.I actually find the overwhelming negativity a little upsetting. Of course, eveyone is entitled to their opinion and if you didn’t like it you didn’t like it, but the show has been delivering amazing material non-stop for one-and-a-half seasons and to have people say they won’t be watching anymore, etc over one lackluster episode that wasn’t without it’s golden moments is a bit disheartening IMHO.  

    I totally agree. It’s one episode, and I didn’t find it overwhelmingly disappointing, it just wasn’t what I was expecting. I will definitely continue to watch.

  • Jill

    So honestly, I did dislike this episode a lot.The promo was horribly deceiving with Kat and Stefan, I wish they did have sex, it would make Delena so much easier.And I’m not sure if I like that Elijah is the good guy now. He wants to save Elena? Barely anything happened of worth in the last episode, and again, barely any Delena action.You’d think there would’ve been more with Stefan in the tomb!  

    I don’t think Delena should be easy. It should be a long and challenging journey so that it is worth it and not false or forced.

    And I wouldn’t necessarily call Elijah a “good guy.” He’s willing to keep Elena alive, but because he wants to use her as bait. He doesn’t really care, and he’d kill her if he didn’t need her to draw out Klaus.

  • Michelle

    And I wouldn’t necessarily call Elijah a “good guy.” He’s willing to keep Elena alive, but because he wants to use her as bait. He doesn’t really care, and he’d kill her if he didn’t need her to draw out Klaus. 

    Plus we don’t know if he revealed his full agenda, he will only tell Elena what is necessary to get her cooperation, he may yet have hidden plans that are far from friendly to be revealed!!

  • Tamara

    @Vamp Lover – As a Damon fan, after watching the first half of this season, I don’t think I want Elena with him right now. Watching the relationship she has with Stefan, I really don’t think she’s ready for Damon, yet.

    Regarding all 33 episodes of the show, Damon continues to be a major highlight of the story and the show, and yes my favorite character. From my point of view he has a bigger heart than anyone else. His strong emotions are very challenging to watch and follow through the story. As much as I like to enjoy his moments with Elena, I think she probably will never be ready for him, and not just because of her love for Stefan. She is very burdened by a triangle story from the past, so she wouldn’t let herself to consider Damon from romantic prospective, no matter if she ever felt this way. And honestly, his current and especially further relationship with Rose could let him (and us) to help him leave behind the bitterness, hatred, and feeling of less worthy person than Stefan in every aspect of life. Kevin Williamson stated in a resent interview that he and Rose are not meant to be together, that she is just a another step to his old (human)/new (vampire) humanity recognition , but I would like him to have some tender and true emotional moments with her. The way it is now, the history is repeating because all love and admiration belongs again only to Stefan. He seemed so touched when Rose said: “Because I like you”… and “I could be your special friend”, which made be very happy for him. It would be just so predictable and dull just to kill her in episode 12.

  • Vamp Lover

    @Vamp Lover – As a Damon fan, after watching the first half of this season, I don’t think I want Elena with him right now. Watching the relationship she has with Stefan, I really don’t think she’s ready for Damon, yet.Regarding all 33 episodes of the show, Damon continues to be a major highlight of the story and the show, and yes my favorite character. From my point of view he has a bigger heart than anyone else. His strong emotions are very challenging to watch and follow through the story. As much as I like to enjoy his moments with Elena, I think she probably will never be ready for him, and not just because of her love for Stefan. She is very burdened by a triangle story from the past, so she wouldn’t let herself to consider Damon from romantic prospective, no matter if she ever felt this way. And honestly, his current and especially further relationship with Rose could let him (and us) to help him leave behind the bitterness, hatred, and feeling of less worthy person than Stefan in every aspect of life. Kevin Williamson stated in a resent interview that he and Rose are not meant to be together, that she is just a another step to his old (human)/new (vampire) humanity recognition , but I would like him to have some tender and true emotional moments with her. The way it is now, the history is repeating because all love and admiration belongs again only to Stefan. He seemed so touched when Rose said: “Because I like you”… and “I could be your special friend”, which made be very happy for him. It would be just so predictable and dull just to kill her in episode 12.  (Quote)

    Hi Tamara- That’s a very good point….I think I’m turning into more of a Damon fan, than just a Delena fan. When I said I don’t think Elena is ready for him yet, I mean because I see her relationship with Stefan as more of a hand holding teenage relationship. When Rose and Damon came to the conclusion they could be “special friends”, I thought, wow..what an adult way to handle that! I’ve always thought Damon had a tender side, he was in love with Katherine for 145 years and he did his best to get her out of a tomb she wasn’t in. His face in the Return when Katherine told him she never loved him broke my heart. So did his face in Bad Moon Rising when he confessed to Elena he did not see Jer’s ring and she told him he had lost her friendship forever….

    Can you imagine Elena & Stefan having a scene like Damon and Kat in The Return? Throwing each other against the wall, shoving books out of the way…can you imagine how shocked Elena would be if Stefan did that to her? LOL…hence me being more of a Damon fan than a Delan fan:)

  • Tamara

    Hi Tamara- That’s a very good point….I think I’m turning into more of a Damon fan, than just a Delena fan. When I said I don’t think Elena is ready for him yet, I mean because I see her relationship with Stefan as more of a hand holding teenage relationship. When Rose and Damon came to the conclusion they could be “special friends”, I thought, wow..what an adult way to handle that! I’ve always thought Damon had a tender side, he was in love with Katherine for 145 years and he did his best to get her out of a tomb she wasn’t in. His face in the Return when Katherine told him she never loved him broke my heart. So did his face in Bad Moon Rising when he confessed to Elena he did not see Jer’s ring and she told him he had lost her friendship forever….Can you imagine Elena & Stefan having a scene like Damon and Kat in The Return? Throwing each other against the wall, shoving books out of the way…can you imagine how shocked Elena would be if Stefan did that to her? LOL…hence me being more of a Damon fan than a Delan fan:)  

    Hi Vamp Lover – I consider myself as (pretty much ONLY) Damon fan from the first moment he showed up, and Elena became interesting to me in her interactions with him. Otherwise she is to dull, non-interesting and monotonous for one teenager. Just like she is a living dead person already! Then she met a real dead living person and fall in love in couple of days. Really?!? I don’t buy it at all.
    And, yes, I think Elena will be shocked and disgusted with such passionate love expression. Except one thing, I think she actually need to find out real passion, because she has it to – but somewhere deep inside of her. But, we will see would she let herself to it! With Damon, off course…

  • Jgordon96

    wow u r soo rite <3 :D i loved that episode alot 2 xx so many people
    were saying it was disapointing when i didnt notice any difference
    to the other episodes?? all im saying is that you have a great opinion
    which is fair and nice :) xxxxxx MERRY XMAS!! hehe





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