The CW has just announced that The Vampire Diaries will conclude it's season 3 run on Thursday, May 10th. A season 4 renewal has not been made official yet, but TVD remains on top of the CW's rating's chart, averaging 2.90 million viewers an episode. Since the series debuted in 2009 it has consistently carried some of the highest ratings the CW has ever seen and Season 3 has been no exception. TVD has maintained high ratings throughout it's 15 aired episodes, ranging from 2.50 to 3.20 million viewers each week. The vamp infused hit also boasts a 1.74 index, which is on pace with other larger network shows like Hawaii Five-O, Grey's Anatomy and Fox newcomer New Girl.
EP Kevin Williamson has previously spoiled the anticipation of not only a fourth season, but six.
"We’re still on track. It’s going to end where we always said we were going to end. And we’re doing it all within the right time. We said, 'This is going to happen in Season Two, and this will happen in Season Three.' And so we know where we’re headed at the end of the season to launch our fourth season. We could wrap this thing up in six, but we have no problem pacing ourselves. We can also extend it with no problems, but we know that if we needed an endgame by, say, Season Six, we could land."
In addition to the raw statistics, The Vampire Diaries carries one of the most prolific fan-bases out there. Proving their worth in such instances as successfully writing in series star Nina Dobrev as a People's Choice Nominee for Best Actress, and paving the way for her to be the first ever write-in winner. Now that's a fandom to be reckoned with! So sit tight TVD Family, keep watching and I'll keep you posted on the surely imminent renewal of The Vampire Diaries.