The Vampire Diaries keeps getting stronger, both creatively and commercially, and last night’s episode was solid proof of that.  While most new shows have a steady decline in ratings throughout the season, the sixth episode of The Vampire Diaries had its highest rating since the series premiere, with 3.9 million viewers.

Every week The Vampire Diaries is the CW’s highest-rated show, making it the clear standard bearer for the small network.  While new shows on the larger networks see higher ratings, they’ve largely been going down every week.  Even the season’s most-watched new series, NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS, has lost one million viewers in each of the last two weeks.

The CW certainly needs something to boost morale, and The Vampire Diaries is it.  The Beautiful Life was canceled after just two episodes and the other new series, Melrose Place, is floundering.  Even if you combine the ratings for Tuesday’s new episode and the Wednesday night encore following America’s Next Top Model, The Vampire Diaries still beat it by more than 1.5 million viewers.

And it’s not too late to get started.  Six episodes in, The Vampire Diaries is only getting started.  The latest episode saw Elena learn the truth about Stefan and Damon being vampires and saw another series regular, Vicki, turned into a vampire.

The Vampire Diaries airs Thursdays at 8pm on the CW.

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-John Kubicek, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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John Kubicek

Senior Writer, BuddyTV

John watches nearly every show on TV, but he specializes in sci-fi/fantasy like The Vampire DiariesSupernatural and True Blood. However, he can also be found writing about everything from Survivor and Glee to One Tree Hill and Smallville.