CBS’ TV series adaptation of the Stephen King novel Under the Dome scored some impressive ratings for its series debut last night (read Allison’s recap here). The show garnered a 3.2 rating in the coveted 18-49 demo, bringing in a whopping 13.1 million total viewers. That makes it the most watched summer debut since 2007’s The Singing Bee, and CBS’ most watched summer debut since 2000’s Big Brother, which scored a now-rare 22.3 million viewers. Despite some corniness here and there, the pilot episode proved rather promising by teasing fascinating characters and a very intriguing mythology angle.
Though many disappointing Lost copycats have come and gone over the years, Under the Dome has Y: The Last Man creator Brian K. Vaughan spearheading the ship alongside showrunner Neal Baer, which bodes well for the future of the series. We’ll see how much of the first-look audience is retained for the show’s second episode next week, but Under the Dome has certainly gotten off to a solid start. If you missed our recent interview with Vaughan and Baer about the future of the series going forward, click here.