TV Guide today is reporting that the Vampire Diaries Premiere last night on CW
“became the most watched series premiere in network history”, with 4.8M viewers.
This is VERY good news for us because Beneath the Blue’s Paul Wesley stars in the series and such a strong premiere clearly means the show is destined to be on the air for quite awhile. To give you a concrete indication — Paul’s IMDB “Starmeter:” rating was 5,800 when we cast him in BTB; it now stands at 848 (meaning out of everyone in Hollywood, he’s cracked the top 1000. And last night, during and after the premiere, I was surfing the message boards at IMDB, CW, and elsewhere — and there were lots of posts along the lines of “who’s the actor playing Stephan….he’s HOT”, etc — so we’re expecting upward movement in the coming weeks and months.
In setting up BTB, we consciously wanted to make sure the film had an up and coming “hottie” (sorry, I cringe writing the word, but you get it) to play the role of Craig — who is Alyssa’s first love interest, etc. And now we’re able to be pretty sure we made a good choice. (We always knew Paul was great in terms of ability….this is about marketability, though.)
Here’s a screen grab of the starmeter list showing who Paul’s neighbors are at his current level. Not bad company to be in for a young actor on the way up. Congrats, Paul.