Under the Dome was an out-of-the-gate success for CBS last summer, but that was far from a sure thing going into the show.
As you can see in the infographic below, adaptations of Stephen King properties on the broadcast networks had been on a downswing in the 2000s. After Rose Red was a hit for ABC in 2002, the well sort of dried up, hitting its nadir with the 2004 series Kingdom Hospital, which had a big premiere but then tanked.
Take a look at how King adaptations have fared on broadcast TV in the 21st century:
Notes: Total viewers used here because reliable 18-49 ratings for some of the older shows are hard to come by. There were also several cable adaptations of King’s work since 2000, but we left those out because A) Under the Dome is on a broadcast network and B) we wanted as much of an apples-to-apples comparison as possible.