'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.

  • Psac

    I like the show, but also disappointed by this. I’d prefer a cohesive one and done season.

  • Anon

    Shoulda remained a mini-series event…

  • BigBrotherFan

    a p Garcia

    The cast isn’t so bad..

  • Steve

    This show is CBS’ summer ratings bonanza. Although I wish they would wrap everything up at the end of this summer, I’m sure CBS knows that they can put it on again next summer and get decent ratings.

    Big Brother also continues CBS’ high summer ratings.

  • s0303

    that seals it for me…i’m done watching…i was barely holding interest, but stuck with it cuz i was hoping the story would be concluded in 13 episodes…oh well, i won’t miss it…

  • Joseph

    It makes perfect sense for CBS to schedule season Two of “Under The Dome” for next Summer.

    If CBS were to also launch two or three more first-run scripted shows next June (or even delay the next season of “Mike and Molly” so it runs April through September of 2014), it might draw many viewers back to their TV sets and prove that there is an audience willing to watch prime-time TV during the Summer if there is compelling programming people will want to see.

  • catocony

    “The 4400″ kicked ass, I loved that show. It did seem to ramble on quite a bit longer than needed, but was a perfect summer TV show.

    As far as the networks are concerned, anything that draws a 2.8 on a Monday night in June and July is going to stay on the air for as long as possible, regardless of the original intentions.

  • Jacobo

    Wonder if it will have a new plot new town, or continue on Chester’s Mill.

  • CrimTV

    I’m really surprised, I thought mid to high 2’s at 10pm during Summer would warrant cancellation :o

  • Hal Capone

    It’s great that the networks are “discovering” new scripted programming can be successful in the summer but how many television soapy love triangles and plot contrivances must we contend with beyond the Stephen King novel which is an okay book (not his best). What is wrong with ending UTD while it is on top instead of milking it to death. Pick another science fiction book to turn into a summer series next year.

  • TV Addict

    Even though its sooooooooo different from the book (which was amazing) I still think the show is awesome and I’m am shocked and excited about the news. #sixseasonsandathemepark

  • Other than THAT Mrs. Lincoln how was the play?

    Keeping it as a summer series like Falling Skies is a good move. Less competition, so even if the ratings fall during the hiatus it will still likely get 10 million+.

  • Other than THAT Mrs. Lincoln how was the play?

    The 4400? Hate the way they ended it with the people returned from the future with super powers took over Seattle then it just — ended. It would have helped if they actually showed people what the future looked like and whaat effect they had on the timeline. Slow pacing in the final season was especially an issue.

    Hopefully some day they revisit it.

  • Hardline_Pro

    Just because there is a Season 2…
    Doesn’t mean that we are not going to get answers about the dome.
    Doesn’t mean that the series will stray off from the book ENTIRELY.
    Doesn’t mean that it will have an unrealistic timeline. Each episode is 1 day.
    Doesn’t mean that it will be continuing the same story lines in Season 1.
    Doesn’t mean there will be no appropriate ending.

    Keeping it as a summer series like Falling Skies is a good move. Less competition, so even if the ratings fall during the hiatus it will still likely get 10 million or more viewers.

    Also, CBS never said this was a mini-series. It was apparent from day 1 that they were going to renew it for a second season if it did good. So IDK why people are making things up.

  • City Kitty

    Well this was hawked as a summer event, a mini series.
    That is the ONLY reason I committed to watch it.
    This looks more and more like season one of The Killing where we were all left hanging.
    This is not what I signed on for and I dropped The Killing and will now drop this Dome.

  • Melissa

    Terrible news. Cannot believe this horrendous show is renewed. America, as always, has the worst taste and loves mindless stupidity.

  • Paul

    @Hal sorry about those guns to your head forcing you to watch.

  • Paul

    Wow. Someone refusing to watch a show because it was renewed. That’s borderline stupid.

  • Oliver

    Well, duh.

    No idea why people kept saying it couldn’t be renewed.

  • Mike

    It was never called a mini series by CBS ever…. They called it these

    Event series
    Summer event

    Maby some of the stars called it a miniseries because they were confused as well

    All in all I happy it’s renewed though hope they answer all the questions from season 1 and plant new seeds for season 2 in the season finale

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