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‘The Vampire Diaries’ Sinks Teeth Into 1-Year TV Ratings High With Shocking Finale Death

The CW tops Fox for fourth in key demo Friday

Editor’s note: Spoilers exist below. Do not read this post if you want to avoid knowing who died on “The Vampire Diaries” Friday night.

Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) didn’t live long enough to see “The Vampire Diaries” series finale score season-high TV ratings.

Friday night’s 9 p.m. series finale landed a 0.5 rating/2 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, and 1.19 million total viewers, according to preliminary measurements. Those Live + Same Day Nielsen numbers represent the show’s best demo figure since Feb. 26, 2016, and its most overall eyeballs since Jan. 29, 2016.

Among young women — meaning both the adults 18-34 millennials demo and the wider-ranging 18-49 one — the “Vampire Diaries” conclusion scored a 0.7/3.

At 8 p.m., the series’ one-hour retrospective averaged a 0.4/2 from both adults 18-34 and 18-49, along with 1.14 million total viewers.

The supernatural programming helped CW top Fox for fourth place in the key demographic last night, though not total viewers. CBS won primetime outright; NBC came in second, while ABC finished third.

Read TheWrap‘s “exit interview” with “Vampire Diaries” cast members and producers here. Click on this recap to learn how Elena and Damon ended their own storylines.