The numbers for the “Under the Dome” premiere were already terrific (for a lot of shows, but especially for a summer drama), with the new CBS series earning 13.5 million viewers and a 3.3 rating in adults 18-49 — the biggest summer TV premiere since 2007 and the biggest summer drama premiere since 1992.
Now the live + 3-day ratings are in, which means the ratings include households that watched the show on the DVR within three days of the premiere, and things are looking good for Chester’s Mill, Maine.
The show added over 3 million viewers, for a total of 16.7 million viewers. It also added a whole point in the 18-49 demo, putting the number at 4.3.
“We are [thrilled],” says Vogel. “Traditionally, summer has been a wasteland to dump episodes of things, everyone just assumed you can’t put new programming on. But what cable’s done is show us that people will tune in for content, what they like and what they connect with.”
“If we can sustain [the ratings], I think it’s a groundbreaking thing for network television.”
“Under the Dome” airs Monday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.