This is either a great day for The Vampire Diaries or a sad day for the big broadcast networks.
The CW’s supernatural drama delivered a higher rating in the valuable adults 18-49 demographic than either NBC’s comedies or ABC’s drama in the 8 p.m. hour. It’s not that TVD’s numbers were particularly high — with 2.9 million viewers and a 1.3 rating, the show was up 30 percent in the demo from last week, yet still within its usual performance range. But that was still enough to top the hourly average of Community plus Parks and Recreation on NBC, as well as the second week of Zero Hour on ABC. The latter dropped 21 percent from its premiere to a 1.1 rating (think we’re about one week from being able to use a “Zero Hour gets zero rating” headline). Still, there was some good news for ABC: Grey’s Anatomy rose 7 percent despite a weakening lead-in and facing American Idol this week.
Also: Fox’s two-hour “Sudden Death” edition of Idol was up 8 percent. CBS shows were all basically steady. NBC’s Community dropped yet again, down 8 percent to a series low. Parks was down 13 percent to a series low and 1600 Penn was down 9 percent to a low.
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