'Under the Dome' Renewed by CBS for Second Season

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July 29th, 2013

Under the Dome July 22 - 2

via press release:


Television's #1 Summer Series to Return with 13 New Episodes

Stephen King to Write the Premiere Episode for Season 2

UNDER THE DOME, television's #1 summer series in viewers and key demographics, will return in summer 2014 with 13 new episodes, it was announced today by Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment.

Stephen King, whose bestselling novel is the basis for the series, will write the premiere episode of the second season.

“We’re excited to tell more stories about the mystery of the dome and the secrets in Chester's Mill, and are thrilled to have the master storyteller himself, Stephen King, tell the first one of next season,” said CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler.

UNDER THE DOME is a serialized drama from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel of the same name. It tells the story of a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The town’s inhabitants must deal with surviving the post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers to what this barrier is, where it came from, and if and when it will go away.

UNDER THE DOME is averaging 13.84 million viewers, 3.5/10 in adults 18-49 and 4.8/12 in adults 25-54. In addition to impressive live plus same day ratings on CBS, the series has also seen significant additional viewing on DVR playback, video-on-demand and online streaming – including Amazon's Prime Instant Video, which provides exclusive online subscription streaming four days after the broadcast on CBS.  Amazon says that since the show’s launch, UNDER THE DOME has been watched by more customers than any other series on the service.

UNDER THE DOME is produced by CBS Television Studios in association Amblin Television. Neal Baer, Stephen King, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Stacey Snider, Jack Bender and Brian K. Vaughan, who wrote the television adaptation, are executive producers.

  • jay_s

    How can this happen? Isn’t it a single series with an ending… *sigh*

  • John A

    Great news.

  • Tony JJ

    Good news. Expected. I’m enjoying it.

  • João Lucas


  • John A

    Did CBS ever call it a miniseries? Why do people keep saying this?

  • João Lucas

    Not,UTD were announced as series,but CBS was afraid the show does not have a good hearing and released as an” event”, and producers have always said that if the series had a good audience to CBS to renew.

  • MichaelChickless


  • Simon

    YES! So much for all the ‘Its a miniseries, it won’t be renewed’ talk which I never for a second bought into.

    In other S2 related news, Stephen King HIMSELF will write the premiere episode!

  • omabin


  • Seth

    This show is terrible but the renewal is warranted.

  • Tom

    Good news. It looks like Brit “Tether Girl” Robertson finally caught a break.

  • Travis

    Let’s hope the first season is just setup and the second season is, well… good.

  • TV Viewer

    Not bad for a miniseries that Many dismissed (before it premired), as being too similar to The Simpsons movie dome to get decent ratings, (even for a summer show).

  • MichaelChickless

    I guess this blows all the “miniseries-only” theories into the weeds.


    Great news!!! With Stephen King writing the Season 2 premiere it should be awesome.

  • cas

    It says UTD average a 3.5 rating in live plus same day, but it usually gets like 2.6-2.7 with no adjustments so what am I missing. Plus it says impressive numbers online, on demand and with DVR viewership added so it can’t be any of those added in.

  • Carmen

    This would seem to be following the same path as “The 4400″>

    That was also a mini-series that did better than expected with its initial run of planned episodes and the network (in that case USA) decided that they would capitalize on it.

    Good idea in theory, but in the case of the 4400, they had no idea of how to continue the baseline story and the continuation turned into a rambling, incoherent mess.

    Will that happen with “The Dome”. Maybe or Maybe not, but there is at least a chance that it will follow the 4400 lead and crash.

  • Michael1

    Back in 2000, “Survivor” was also called an “event”.

  • Hal Capone

    Well, it appears we are all going to be stuck under that insufferable dome until the ratings start to tank. Sigh.

  • a p garcia

    Great news, but I hope better actors are hired for season 2!

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