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CW Orders More 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Melrose Place'

by Scott Harris, posted Oct 22nd 2009 2:45PM
Vampire Diaries It's a good day for the walking dead, as The CW has announced episode orders for both 'Vampire Diaries' and 'Melrose Place.'

The news comes as no surprise for 'Vampire Diaries', which has been picked up for a full season. The series, which follows the lives and afterlives of a group of young humans and vampires, is adapted from a popular line of novels and has become one of the network's few breakout hits.Vampire Diaries It's a good day for the walking dead, as The CW has announced episode orders for both 'Vampire Diaries' and 'Melrose Place.'

The news comes as no surprise for 'Vampire Diaries', which has been picked up for a full season. The series, which follows the lives and afterlives of a group of young humans and vampires, is adapted from a popular line of novels and has become one of the network's few breakout hits.

Averaging a healthy 4.5 million viewers, tops among all CW shows, 'The Vampire Diaries' also boasts a high DVR playback rate and scores well with key demographics, including women 18-34. Because of these factors, it was considered only a matter of time before CW officially extended the series.

Melrose Place More surprising is the announcement that the network has also ordered five more episodes of 'Melrose Place.' The reworked 90's classic has struggled, averaging just 2 million viewers, with the most recent airing dropping to only 1.5 million. According to The Hollywood Reporter, however, the order reflects hopes that an upcoming guest stint by original 'Melrose Place' vixen Heather Locklear will boost ratings.

Still, by ordering just five episodes instead of a full season pickup, The CW is hedging their bets. After all, if this bit of stunt casting doesn't work out, it may be the final stake through the heart of 'Melrose Place.'

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