Decent Numbers for Nikita Premiere

The CW’s premiere of its new action-adventure show “Nikita”, with Maggie Q. as an ex-assassin bent on destroying her old bosses, didn’t exactly light the world on fire, but it still did pretty good, thanks to a solid lead-in from the second season premiere of “The Vampire Diaries”.

BC has your ratings numbers:

Diaries opened the night with a 1.6/5 rating with adults 18-49 and 3.4 million viewers, dropping 24% in the demo from its series debut last fall. The drama was, however, on par with its overall first season average, and enjoyed a 2.8 rating among The CW’s target women 18-34–the best numbers for the demo since February.

At 9 p.m., newcomer Nikita was a mark below its Diaries lead-in in the key adults demo with a 1.4/4, though it was up 9% in total viewers with 3.6 million. The series also scored a 1.9 rating in its target women 18-34, an all-time high with the demo in the time slot for original programming. Nikita also matched Supernatural’s premiere in the same time slot one year ago, and drew the second largest audience in that period since January 2009.

Of The CW’s two series premieres this week–Hellcats and Nikita–the later fared 17% better than Wednesday’s Hellcats premiere, thought it also benefited from Diaries strong lead.

One of the benefits with being on a small network like the CW is that they don’t demand instant gratification in terms of huge ratings. A show is usually allowed to grow, which after the “Nikita” pilot episode, I think this show definitely needs time to get better. It certainly has potential.

Here’s a preivew of next week’s “Nikita” episode (NOTE: don’t watch unless you’ve already seen the pilot):