“The Vampire Diaries” Season 7 is on the move. After the CW drama’s winter hiatus, the show will return on Fridays along with its sister show, “The Originals.” After spending six and a half seasons on Thursdays, this move concerns many “TVD” fans. They’re worried that Friday night ratings will be the final stake in the heart of the show.
— Adam Benz (@voicebehindmic) November 24, 2015
Everyone knows networks send their dying shows to Friday BYE BYE TVD&TO
— Caro (@_LightToMyDark) November 23, 2015
— Daddy Pedowitz. (@delenasdictator) November 23, 2015
RIP The Vampire Diaries. You single handedly built the CW but your Friday night death slot is proof your time has come to an end._
— Taylor✨ (@tmbsavage) November 24, 2015
vampire diaries got moved to friday nights starting in january. rip vampire diaries.
— kelsey rae (@grandbudapest) November 23, 2015
They’re right to be concerned. The vampire drama suffered a slight loss after Nina Dobrev’s departure. They were averaging 1.5 million viewers last year, and are only averaging 1.2 million at this point, TV Series Finale reports. It’s a big drop from the series’ high point in Season 1 when 3.6 million fans were watching their series. As the series has steadily dropped, it wouldn’t be surprising if “The Vampire Diaries” Season 7 is the last season.
However, if the ratings stay steady, the CW may decide to keep the show around. After all, a small audience on a Friday night is better than no audience. While several shows, like “Hart of Dixie” and “The Carrie Diaries,” have gone to Fridays to die on the network, some shows have survived. “America’s Next Top Model” was moved to Fridays in Cycle 19 and continued for three more seasons (only Cycle 21 was moved to a week night spot). And then there is “Supernatural.”
“Supernatural,” much like its leading men, has proved that it cannot be killed. The demon hunters’ fans followed them to the Friday night time slot for two years in Seasons 6 and 7, and then the show was moved back to Wednesdays. They’re in Season 11 now.
It’s entirely possible that “TVD” could be just like “Supernatural” and survive the move, especially since most watchers aren’t tuning in live. The CW’s press release notes that both “TVD” and its sister-show “The Originals” typically “more than triple their audiences when viewing beyond the night of air is tallied, across DVR, digital, and VOD platforms.”
“The Vampire Diaries” enthusiasts will have to wait an see if the show can survive the time slot. Do you think the drama can last beyond Season 7? Take the poll:
“The Vampire Diaries” Season 7 and “The Originals” Season 3 will move to Fridays beginning Jan. 29. “Legends of Tomorrow,” another DC Comics spinoff from “Arrow and “The Flash,” and “The 100” Season 3 will take over Thursdays starting Jan. 28.