'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.

  • Ultima

    It says UTD average a 3.5 rating in live plus same day

    No, it doesn’t. It says “UNDER THE DOME is averaging 13.84 million viewers, 3.5/10 in adults 18-49 and 4.8/12 in adults 25-54.”

    Season averages use Live+7 ratings (or Live+SD if the Live+7 ratings aren’t available yet) and count all regular airings, including repeats.

  • barnz

    “I guess the execs saw dollar signs and grabbed the milking bucket and a shovel for when the cow dies”. – General_Haberdashery

  • Kris

    it was meant to be an EVENT series, a beginning and an ending.

    i’m going to stop watching because i was lied to.

  • Ultima

    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.

    ~Gasp~ Really?!

    You would think that the multitude of scripted cable shows that air during the summer or the successful summer reality series would have already proven that.

  • TV#1

    I think people are getting confused by the terms “Limited Series” and “Event Series”. From my understanding a “Limited Series” is a series that will run for 13 or so episodes each season with the possibility of more seasons (if the series were to rate well). An “Event Series” is a series that will only run a single season without there being more seasons that follow.

    Under the Dome was labeled as a “Limited Series”, so there was always the chance more than one season could happen. And honestly if you are enjoying the show I don’t know why you would be upset with it being renewed? Too many good shows get cancelled after a single season. I am very happy that UTD will be back for another season. I hope that season 2 isn’t the last season either.

  • BoSox Juan

    It was definitely sold as a mini-series event upfront so S1 should conclude with the dome coming down. It will be interesting to see how King brings it back. Some viewers will even start thinking about S2 as they continue to watch S1.

  • Jlopie1

    Okay, so here’s the reason I’m disappointed with the announcement UTD has been renewed — this is a serial. It’s based on a book that has a beginning, middle and end. I would have much preferred CBS to finish this story off in a timely fashion. I, for one, do not like the idea of waiting forever to find out who dropped the dome on Chester Mills and why, or how the inhabitants will or won’t survive! I don’t have that kind of extended patience! Screw the show, I’m headed to the library to read the book…

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  • james

    @john a
    i knew it as a miniseries because thats what it said on imdb. not sure if it still does but yeah.

  • AO’s Sock Puppet Account

    Ratings can affect whether or not a show gets renewed?

    Who knew?

  • david

    Not surprised at all. The show is doing great in the ratings.

  • Andrew

    I had high hopes for this show as a lot of has been filmed in my town. (You can see my house in the first episode!) They were just here a couple of days ago filming the final episode.

    I have watched and will continue to watch it, but I don’t think it has been very good. I am pleasantly surprised that it will get a second season.

    With this show and Revolution also doing some filming in my town, I am glad that they are popular because we can use the economic activity.

  • tim_m

    Why would you stop watching a show you enjoy simply cause you think you were lied to on whether it was a miniseries or limited series? Seriously? That’s stupid like wah wah Cbs lied to me so i’m not gonna watch something i like anymore cause i thought it was only a miniseries. Some seriously stupid drivel posted here by some people. Is the fact its a limited series that’s continuing gonna keep you from enjoying it just cause you thought it was a miniseries? I think not.

  • Ann

    With the ratings they’ve sustained, no surprise. I’m happy Britt Robertson didn’t kill this show.:)

  • Erik

    Surprised CBS did this. Under the Dome would work better as an “event” and they have plenty of Summer Programming without it. America’s Baking Competition did gret in reruns and it grew every week so I’m sure it’ll be back next summer along with Big Brother and Unforgettable. I’m not sure why CBS feels the need to continue UTD as I think it can almost be guaranteed that it’ll suffer a horrible “Sophomore Slump”.

  • Zack

    It will start 2 drag on just like fallen skies. Ratings will drop and we will never have a conclusion. Season 2 can suck it.

  • Ram510

    I’m confused why people keep saying that this show is “stupid”, “awful”, “terrible” and “bad”? Am I missing something

  • Ram510

    For all the people who are trying to play victim by saying you were lied to, I want you to remember it just a TV show, breathe. Whether it was a “mini series” “summer event” “Dome event” or whatever anyone could figure out if the show was successful that CBS, or any network for that matter, would bring it back. Even The Bible, which was a mini series, is coming back.

    It’s weird how people complain that networks put out crappy reality shows and bland procedurals and now they complain when they order more of what people are actually watching

  • gzhampton

    1) Make the dome grow more so that more people can die.
    2) move the dome to different countries and kill more people each season
    3) Make everyone in the dome outside of dome and the rest of the world in the dome.

  • Neil

    Coming next Summer: Under the Personal Dome.

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