In The Vampire Diaries Season 4, Episode 16, “Bring It On,” Elena (Nina Dobrev) certainly had a lot of spirit. But how many people tuned in to watch the newly emotion-free vamp bite cheerleaders, strip down (numerous times), and fight with her bestie? 

According to The Futon Critic, TVD had 2.49 million viewers last night. That’s down about 15 percent from the 2.89 million viewers who watched Nina Dobrev weep her heart out in Season 4, Episode 15, “Stand by Me.” That was the last new episode that aired before the show’s two-week hiatus.

The Futon Critic also points out that The Vampire Diaries is down about eight percent in viewership compared to this time last year. However, the show has already been picked up for a fifth season, so the slightly lower numbers shouldn’t alarm anybody.

In a recent press release, The CW said TVD is one of their highest-rated shows amongst the key demographic of 18 – 34-year-olds, though Arrow has been getting more viewers overall.

The moral of the story? Make sure you and everyone you know tunes in for TVD next week, when Elena and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) head for New York City for a chaste and blood-free adventure. Just kidding. It’s pretty much the opposite of that.

Source: The Futon Critic