Ratings: ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ improve on otherwise quiet night

TVD -Last night, the ratings weren’t exactly poppin’ for many networks, with the major reason for that being merely that there was not a bevy of new programming on the air. CBS was in repeats, and that is significant largely because they have dominated the numbers here for the majority of the season. Meanwhile, Fox aired a college football broadcast, and that is not a focus of these ratings articles in general. By and large, readers are here to gauge interest in their own favorite shows as opposed to sporting events.

With that, a good starting place today is over on the smallest of the Big 5 broadcast networks, or at the very least the English-speaking ones.

The CW – It was a night of recovery for “The Vampire Diaries,” as it improved from its own recent outing up to a 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic. While this would be a terrible rating for season 3 or 4 of the series, which was at one point a staple of the lineup, it’s good enough for a show in its final season.

Meanwhile, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” ended up generating a 0.3, and there could be a chance of a renewal if it can hold onto that. More than that, our personal level of interest in this show comes from the idea of a Friday lineup featuring both it and “Jane the Virgin.” If this could keep the two of them on the air, who would be upset by that? Both are ratings-challenged to a certain extent, especially the Rachel Bloom series.

ABC – “Last Man Standing” (1.1) and “Dr. Ken” (0.9) were more or less steady on the night, as there isn’t enough of a change to report on it. This remains decent for the two shows, and the same goes for “Shark Tank” with a 1.1. While this is far from what the show generated in its peak, you also must remember that this is not an expensive show to produce. Other than paying the Sharks (who are making money off the deals) and the crew, what else really is there? It could go on for however long the people involved want it to.

NBC – “Caught on Camera” generated a 0.7. Meanwhile, “Dateline” posted a 1.2. Neither show is one that is covered extensively at the site, so “nothing to see here”; check back on Monday for ratings coverage of the Sunday-night lineup. (Photo: The CW.)

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