However, there are a couple of factors at play here. The Vampire Diaries also returned down 25 percent for its fifth season premiere, earning a 1.2 in the demo. So it makes sense that The Originals would be lower because its TVD lead-in was down.
The CW also points out The Vampire Diaries adds 69 percent to its viewership from streaming on other platforms. So in reality, while the network probably hoped for a better debut for The Originals, it’s not the end of the world, especially when online streams are factored in.
Of course, the real test for The Originals will come on Tuesday, October 8, when it moves to its regular time slot at 8 p.m. ET.
So let’s support our TVD Family and tune in for Episode 2, fang fans!
Are you surprised by the premiere ratings? Or did you think the premiere was kind of boring? Sound off in the comments!
Catch the next episode of The Originals on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
Crystal Bell is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident fangirl for all things The Vampire Diaries. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!