Beauty Makes Its Mark

Last night, The CW finally aired their Beauty and the Beast reboot. The series had ample competition from the vice presidential debate as well as regularly scheduled programming. So did the newbie sink or swim?

Beauty and the Beast

After months of heavy promotion, Beauty and the Beast finally made its debut. The CW's Thursday night was filled with all-new programming that included the premiere of The Vampire Diaries.

According to EW, Beauty and the Beast pulled in some solid numbers. It earned 3.1 million viewers, a slight increase from The Secret Circle, which occupied the time slot last year. Its lead-in The Vampire Diaries scored 3.5 million viewers with a 1.6 demo rating.

Last night, most networks were affected by the vice presidential debate and its analysis coverage. Also, depending on your area, some opted for reruns or filler shows during the 9 o'clock hour.

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Either way, Beauty and the Beast's debut was a success. The big question is: Can it maintain its audience? When the schedule returns to normal and there's more competition, how will it fare?

The CW had an impressive week that was topped by the superhero drama Arrow. The Stephen Amell-led series pulled in over 4 million viewers for its series premiere. Insiders will have their eyes on both Arrow and Beauty to see if they have what it takes to stick around.

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Beauty and the Beast is a revamp of the 1980s CBS drama of the same name. The original starred Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman, while The CW's features Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan.

Beauty and the Beast airs Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW.

Did you watch Beauty and the Beast? What did you think of it?

Photo credit: Dan Jackman/WENN

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Jo Ann October 12, 2012 | 12:40 PM

I loved the premiere episode of Beauty and the Beast. I wouldn't change a thing about it. I can't wait to see more. I am worried, however, because I have read all of the negative reviews. I don't understand these critics at all. My guess is that these critics are young and into the new trend of reality television. There are a great number of us out there that are delighted to have a good, romantic, good vs. evil, hero-type show. Arrow is another new favorite. I really hope the CW gives this show a chance. I really miss shows like these.

I love TV October 12, 2012 | 12:18 PM

I loved the original series of Beauty and the Beast. I found that the premier last night was just OK. I thought they should have not had the "beauty" find out who the "beast" was in the pilot show. This should have been week 2 or 3 so that the viewers could become familiar with the characters individually and become more invested in the show. I will continue to watch and see what happens. I did like The Secret Circle and am sorry that it was cancelled.

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