The Vampire Diaries was released on The CW channel on September 10, 2009 with its first season and until 2017 it was one of the most acclaimed series by fans, but now after its end there are several series that try to dethrone its success .
The Vampire Diariescreated by Kevin Williamson and based on the LJ Smith saga, starred Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, and Nina Dobrev. The series, which at the beginning was quite resisted by critics, managed to position itself as one of the largest vampire fantasy series in history, obtaining more than 20 award nominations and several derivative stories that still continue today with thousands of fans. . But now AMC’s new bets put the franchise on the ropes.
Is about Anne Rice who continues to reign supreme in AMC+. The second series in the author’s ever-expanding Immortal Universe on the streamer, Mayfair Witcheshas surpassed its predecessor Interview with the Vampire to become the biggest premiere of the new series on the platform according to the first five days of audience.
Exact viewership numbers for AMC+ are not available, but the Alexandra Daddario-directed series was also successful on AMC’s linear networks, drawing 1.7 million viewers in the Nielsen Live+3 ratings. Thanks to strong linear performance, Mayfair Witches It currently ranks in the top ten cable dramas for the 2022/23 season in the key demographics of adults 25-54 and 18-49. Social media was also in an uproar after the premiere, becoming the biggest driver of social media activity in the 2022/23 TV season and ranking as the #1 social entertainment show on Sunday.
Created by Esta Spalding and Michelle Ashford, the series adapts Rice’s Lives of the Mayfair Witches trilogy of novels following Rowan Fielding (Daddario). Rowan is a talented neurosurgeon who discovers that she is the heir to the Mayfair witch family. Her life changes as she grapples with her new powers and confronts the sinister force that has haunted the family for generations. Joining Daddario are Jack Huston, Tongayi Chirisa, and Harry Hamlin alongside Annabeth Gish, Beth Grant, Erica Gimpel, and Jen Richards.
Mayfair Witches Series Premiere on AMC Beats The Vampire Diaries
This news bodes very well for AMC, as they look to further adapt Rice’s works into TV shows and movies. Adaptations of the author’s work have not been easy, either taking years to come to fruition or failing altogether. Getting two successful series in a row based on his work is no small feat.
The network secured the rights to their catalog in 2020, and while it probably cost a small fortune to control the future of The Vampire Chronicles among others, Mayfair Witches and Interview With the Vampire already seem to be paying off. Mayfair Witches is currently airing on AMC and the company’s linear networks with new episodes every Sunday. AMC+ subscribers, however, can catch new episodes three days early.