UNDER THE DOME Debuts to Impressive 13.1 Million Viewers for Most Watched Summer Debut Since 2007

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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.




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  • JGAZM

    dont know if this is a local issue or what, but last night’s pilot seemed to have been plagued with more and longer commercial breaks than usual. Seemed like it was 5 mins of show and then 10 mins of commercials. It got so bad I would loose track of what had happened after each long break. I guess I will start to look for the show on-line, like I did with Falling Skies.

  • Joseph M

    I can’t take this (no doubt great) show seriously because of the Simpson’s Movie.

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