Credit: The CW ©2010 The CW Network Photo: Damon is Out for Blood in Episode 2.2, "Brave New World"

Remember when we asked if The Vampire Diaries was losing its pulse? Well, it’s not looking any better this week, fellow friends of Mystic Falls. We won’t bore you with technical ratings terminology, but we will say this: viewership of last night’s episode was down 14% among women and 13% among adults age 18 to 49.

Sure, it’s normal for numbers to drop after the season premiere — but you don’t want to jeopardize the future of TVD, do you? Can you imagine life without those steamy Salvatore brothers? Seriously. Pretty bleak if you ask us.

Don’t forget to tune in next Thursday! And here’s a little sneak peek  of “Bad Moon Rising” to tantalize your peepers until then.