TV Ratings Report: An Original Failure?

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Will The CW order The Originals to series?

It seemed like a no-brainer heading into last night's backdoor pilot - and then really like a no-brainer based on the mostly positive reviews for "The Originals" - but the numbers now say otherwise.

Calm Down, Klaus!

The special episode delivered just 2.2 million viewers and a .9 rating among 18-49-year olds, down 10 percent from last Thursday's installment and a whopping 31 percent from the The Vampire Diaries Season 4 average.

It's too early to tell what this really means for the future of Klaus in New Orleans, but it's clear at the moment that viewers were not excited about a Salvatore-free hour of TVD heading into the episode at least.

ELSEWHERE:

  • Hannibal sank to a series low 2.4 million viewers.
  • American Idol and Glee fell sharply, with Idol hitting a series low among young adults.
  • Scandal went the opposite way, hitting a series high in that demographic and even out-rating Grey's Anatomy where it counts.

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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