paulwesley iansomerhalder2 thevampirediaries 290 TV ratings: 'Vampire Diaries' has a bloody good premiere; NFL kickoff also strongFast National ratings for Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009

Vampire love shows no sign of abating anytime soon. The premiere of “The Vampire Diaries” on The CW Thursday drew the network’s biggest-ever audience for a series premiere.

NBC easily won the night overall, thanks to the kickoff of the NFL season, with 17.8 million viewers and a 10.9 rating/18 share in households (numbers that will probably go up later when ratings are adjusted for the live telecast). CBS (7.7 million, 5.1/8) came in second. The CW took third with 4.1 million viewers and a 2.6/4, beating both ABC (4 million, 2.9/5) and FOX (3.9 million, 2.5/4) in total viewers.

In the adults 18-49 demographic, NBC’s 7.0 rating was far and away the night’s best. CBS scored a 1.9 to take second, while The CW was third at 1.7. FOX averaged 1.2 and ABC 1.1.

The hourly results:

8 p.m.

NBC: NFL kickoff special/Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers (15.9 million viewers, 9.7/16 households)
CBS: “Big Brother 11” (7.6 million, 4.8/8)
The CW: “The Vampire Diaries” series premiere (4.8 million, 3.1/5)
FOX: “Bones” rerun (4.3 million, 2.8/5)
ABC: “Grey’s Anatomy” rerun (4 million,  2.9/5)

18-49 leader: NFL kickoff/Steelers-Titans (5.9)

9 p.m.

NBC: NFL – Steelers-Titans (20 million, 12.1/19)
CBS: “CSI” rerun (7.4 million, 5.0/8)
ABC: “Grey’s Anatomy” rerun (4.5 million, 3.3/5)
FOX: “Fringe” rerun (3.5 million, 2.3/4)
The CW: “Supernatural” season premiere (3.4 million, 2.1/3)

18-49 leader: Steelers-Titans (7.8)

10 p.m.

NBC: NFL – Steelers-Titans (17.2 million, 10.7/18)
CBS: “The Mentalist” rerun (8 million, 5.4/9)
ABC: “Private Practice” rerun (3.5 million, 2.5/4)

18-49 leader: Steelers-Titans (7.3)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change, especially in the case of live telecasts.

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Posted by:Rick Porter