So recently, The Downward Spiral reached an all-time low rating of 1.30 million viewers that has some of the fans worried about the show's chances of survival and has some other 'fans' happy. The Originals also reached a low rating this season, in the episode called Red Door, bringing about a total of 1.09 million viewers.
Here's somethings I'm listing to make you relax and stop fearing the end of the two shows:
1. They are already renewed:
Both of the shows have been renewed in January, which means Season Seven and Season Three are sure to air on screen.
2. Viewers isn't that big of a problem:
Perhaps the most common misconception I see on this wikia and other websites is that people are worried about the low viewership the two shows are getting. Mostly, recent episodes of Vampire Diaries. For starters, if you check out the ratings of each season, you'll notice that viewership decreases at around/after February. This is a common thing for a lot of tv shows, as they gradually decrease a bit towards the end of the season.
What angers me most is that people think that because of low viewership, a show is certained to get cancelled. Well, these people are wrong.
What matters most to the CW is the the demographic. Speaking for CW standards, both the Vampire Diaries and The Orginals are above average.
This season The Vampire Diaries is hanging around 0.7-0.8, reaching a low of 0.6 in the Downward Spiral whilst the Originals is hanging around 0.6-0.7, reaching a low of 0.5 in the Devil is Damned and They All Asked for You.
For those of you who don't know about demographic, it determines how much women aged 18-34 watch the show. With this information, companies pay the CW to air commercials during break time and the higher the demographic, the higher the income for the CW.
As I said earlier, the two shows are both safe and sound for now. Reaching a new low, espacially for the CW, is doomed to happen. However, both the Originals and the Vampire Diaries are safe. If someday the two shows reach and start hanging around 0.3-0.5 then that is the time to get worried.