'Under the Dome' is the Most-Watched Series in the U.S. this Summer and Also Scores Impressive Ratings Around the World

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September 12th, 2013

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The Most-Watched Series in the U.S. this Summer Also Scores Impressive Ratings
Around the World

CBS's summer launch of UNDER THE DOME has been a U.S. and international ratings success, ranking as the most-watched series of the summer here and delivering impressive ratings in territories around the world.

The first season finale of UNDER THE DOME will be broadcast Monday, Sept. 16 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  The series has been renewed for a second season for broadcast in summer 2014.

In the U.S., the serialized drama from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel of the same name, has averaged 14.85 million viewers, 3.9/11 in adults 18-49 and 5.2/13 in adults 25-54, according to Nielsen most current ratings.  It ranks as the most-watched show of the summer across broadcast and cable, and is also the #1 broadcast series in adults 25-54 and adults 18-49.  Nielsen estimates that 53.4 million viewers watched all or part of UNDER THE DOME this summer.

Internationally, UNDER THE DOME, which will be licensed in more than 200 territories by CBS Studios International, is off to strong starts in countries where it has already premiered.

In Australia, UNDER THE DOME is the highest-rated U.S. drama this year on Network Ten across key demos, total persons and persons 25-54.
In Canada, UNDER THE DOME on Global, has been the #1 series on Canadian television since its debut.
In Spain, UNDER THE DOME had the best international series premiere in Antena3 channel history and the best international series debut on Spanish free TV in three years.
In the United Kingdom, UNDER THE DOME has been the #1 series on Channel 5 since its debut.
In Germany on ProSieben, UNDER THE DOME delivered the channel’s most successful premiere in its time period since 2000.
In Austria, UNDER THE DOME was the most-watched U.S. series debut on ORF eins since 2007.
In New Zealand, the premiere of UNDER THE DOME on Prime ranks as the channel’s fourth-highest-rated program of the year.
In Italy, UNDER THE DOME has ranked third among all series on Rai2 since its debut.

Sources:  Australia: OZTAM. Canada/Italy/UK: CAD/ITVR. Germany: ProSieben. New Zealand: Prime. Austria: CEETV.

UNDER THE DOME is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television.  Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, Brian K. Vaughan, Neal Baer, Stacey Snider, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Jack Bender serve as executive producers.

  • AllOfHerTwist

    You can’t stop it; you can only hope to contain it.

  • Stewart

    I live in the UK, and its not hard to be be number one program on Channel 5!

    To be fair, its not number one, its number two, and it gets 6.5% of people watching TV in that time slot, so not the best, but good for a US import!

  • Sneezer

    Why?? I don’t know anything about Stephen King’s book, but this show is absolutely awful. I know that’s only my opinion and I really don’t like to knock shows that other people might love. The few people that I know who tried this show out, dropped it after two to four episodes. It just got worse and worse. I can’t believe Spielberg’s name is on this…uh, thing. BUT, you can’t argue with global numbers like that. It HAD to be renewed. Just proves that original programming has a place in the summer months.

  • Sami

    It’s really doing excellent in Germany. Network ProSieben is airing it as an ‘event’ with 3 episodes at go. Yesterday was episodes 4-6 and it dropped only by about 150k viewers. Airing for only 5wks. Winning in the demo with about 21% available audience. Premiered with almost 24% last week, only dropped due to higher HUT levels but kept the audience figures.

  • Bhim

    I have been watching it ever since it came on and I’m finding it entertaining. Especially since it came down, it’s been interesting to see what is going on.

  • EatMorePez

    Remember the idiot who predicted the premiere episode would get a 1.3 demo rating?

  • CCV

    I’m happy for Dean Norris, but this show sucks. So I’m not surprised it’s raking in the viewers.

  • NateG

    I do not get it. This show reminds me of revolution. The premise is interesting, but the writing is terrible. I guess when all network television sucks as bad as it does even crap like this gets good numbers.

  • StevenFlorida

    A lot of lies in this article. I know for a fact for instance that ProSieben had much higher ratings with The Voice (German version) in that timeslot.

  • StevenFlorida

    I agree NateG, no surprise that both are Spielberg productions. The same with Falling Skies. All shows start with a great idea for a serie, but they all turn into soaps.

  • Donald

    Under the Dome is Terrible review sums up why its bad in a spoilery way.

  • Monzo

    About Germany: the Information might be correct, but for many years this channel only aired movies and reality shows that night until US shows took over (Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother), but all of them premiered on other days and were successful there, so they were used to revamp this deadly timeslot. I remember only weak shows like Lipstick Jungle or Harper’s Island premiering that night, so it’s not hard to be stronger than those flops. Shows like UTD always premiered big for this channel on another night, but dropped hard, V and Surface, for example. Even Lost got shifted to another channel, because it couldn’t keep an audience, even though it premiered much stronger than UTD did on that channel.

  • William

    UTD in Germany: Lost managed to score a share of 20.1 (14-49) with the pilot. UTD 23.1.

  • Wright

    UTD and Falling Skies are both really good shows. I’m not sure why there is so much hate out there. It’s not like there is anything else on that is better.

  • Randy


    haters will be haters, both shows are really good. Sci-fi shows usually get this. The Battlestar Galactica series that was on SyFy was really good, but hardly no one noticed.

  • Jiji Moran

    UTD is above the average “watch the paint dry” reality shows. The action is moving, hopefully it doesn’t cling to soap opera love stories, and each episode brings in new surprises. So far all characters are interesting, but one has to wonder… what will happen after everyone is killed?

  • TV Viewer

    I like Under the Dome (although I wish this year was about Chester’s Mill and season two would be about another location trapped under the dome), but, the show does have it’s problems. Deputy Linda is one easily misled person, [and the program looks more than a little like Star Wars with Big Jim being the next evil Emperor (Darth Sideous) to take over the place, or some other movie/TV show about a person taking over and slowly becoming a dictator of a community].
    The show does owe a lot to fact that other networks wrote off the summer (as usual), and put on mostly forgettable shows. CBS took an idea that was compared to the Simpsons movie, (and it’s dome), and turned it into a major success.
    Considering the dispute with Time Warner, (which probably did hurt CBS in those markets where it did not air), CBS can be happy with Under the Dome, and I hope next season is even better.

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