Set in the near future, Under the Dome tells the story of the residents of the small town of Chester's Mill, who suddenly find themselves cut off from the rest of the world by a mysterious, impenetrable barrier that surrounds the town. As the town begins to tear itself apart through panic, a small group of people attempt to maintain peace and order while also trying to uncover the truth behind the barrier and how to escape from it.
CBS’ Under the Dome was clearly a hit with its Monday night premiere, drawing 13.5 million total people (per Nielsen finals) to troubled li’l Chester’s Mill.
In the coveted 18-49 demo, the Stephen Kingsian drama series scored a 3.3, likely placing second only to NBC’s coverage of the Stanley Cup finals (which per preliminary numbers is starting off with a sure-to-grow 3.2, plus 8.3 million total viewers).
Under the Dome stands as broadcast TV’s most watched summer premiere since NBC’s The Singing Beecirca 2007 (13.3 mil), and CBS’ most watched summer launch since Big Brother in 2000 (22.3 mil).
In the demo, its CBS’ best summer debut since something called Fire Me Please, in 2005.
Hopefully viewers stay.