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'Nikita' debut outstrips 'Vampire Diaries'

[This blog post has been updated]

CW's new assassin chick drama "Nikita" shot down the network's return of "Vampire Diaries" Thursday night.

Airing in CW's very best time slot - that would be 9 o'clock Thursday following its vampire soap - the new action drama attracted about 3.6 million people. "Nikita" stars martial arts star Maggie Q as a CIA assassin chick who goes rogue when the secret CIA division for which she works kills her boyfriend because she's not supposed to be dating, which seems a little harsh.

Anyway, the return of "Vampire Diaries" attracted 3.3 million, which has gotta give CW pause, given that last year the unveiling of the high-school-vampire soap had lured 4.8 million viewers to the network. That remains CW's biggest series launch ever.

"Nikita" matched CW's all-time high in its hour for an original episode of a show, among 18-34-year-old chicks.

CW noted both shows faced a huge football game. NBC's Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints game on Thursday was the most watched "NFL Kickoff" ever, with an audience of nearly 28 million. In Washington, 36 percent of homes that were watching TV between 8:30 and 11 p.m. Thursday night were tuned to the football game, which was won by the Saints, 14-9.

CW is going to repeat both "Nikita" and its new Wednesday series, "Hellcats" Friday night, while many other networks preempt regular programming in order to "Stand Up to Cancer."

By Lisa de Moraes  |  September 10, 2010; 12:49 PM ET
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sorry to disagree but Nikita is no match for TVD!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: lovette1819 | September 10, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Note sure it is really fair to compare a 1st season premier to a 2nd season premier. Many will watch a new show and not return weekly. Something tells me the Vampire Diaries will hold its fanbase for a very long time.

Posted by: mlneenan | September 13, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

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