Vampire Diaries Gives The CW Its Best Premiere Ever

The CW's Vampire DiariesThe jury’s still out as far as we’re concerned as to whether or not “The Vampire Diaries” has what it takes to catch on with hardcore horror fans, but they may not need us anyway … The show’s first episode that aired last night appears to be The CW’s most-watched series premiere ever with 4.8 million viewers (subject to final verification later today).

To me, the show had its share of ups and downs. It started off strong, got a little too “emo” in places, but then managed to poke fun at itself and lightened up the mood at just the right time. Plus, Ian Somerhalder as mopey vamp Stefan (Paul Wesley)’s bad boy brother, Damon, should be amping things up as the season progresses. And best of all? Steve McQueen’s grandson (Steven R. McQueen, who plays troubled human teen Jeremy) showed some potentially decent acting chops. And also, the worst actress of the bunch got attacked, which hopefully means she won’t be speaking much in upcoming episodes, proving no one is safe from executive producer Kevin Williamson’s manifestation of the “darkness that lies underneath this town” as he promised during the network’s press tour for the show.

Unfortunately, according to The Live Feed on THR, “The Vampire Diaries” didn’t seem to much help the premiere of “Supernatural” (3.4 million), which was down 18% from last year. That shocks me, but it could just be that a lot of people recorded it to watch later.

In any event, we’ll be keeping tabs on “Diaries” in hopes that we reach Williamson’s guaranteed “fork in the road” that makes the show unique from the “paint-by-numbers girl-meets-vampire shtick” sooner rather than later.

By Debi Moore

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  • BiteMeGently

    Great show! I was nervous at first when I read but it was actually really good!

    Watch Vampire Diaries at
    Or watch Sons of Anarchy at

  • MagusMaleficus

    I remember reading about these books and the show and thinking, Yay, more Twilight-esque junk, but then I read the first book came out 15 years ago. Huh.

    I felt pretty much the same way as Debi: there’s potential in the show, but not a lot. Still, I enjoyed the pilot more than the awful Twilight flick.

  • Rottenjesus

    More like the VAGINA DIARIES! *retch*

    • The Woman In Black

      I think it would have been better with two vampire sisters fighting over the same guy, especially with the Winchester brothers following right on its heels, but what do I know?

      • Rottenjesus

        A lot more than the people who greenlit this show!

    • PelusaMG

      I’m always up for a look at that… As the great Chubby Brown once said, “I’m not an experienced gynecologist, but I’ll have a fucking good look at it for you!”.