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, Home of Rachelle Lefevre’s Hair.
In the coveted 18-49 demo, the Stephen Kingsian drama series scored a 3.3, matching NBC’s coverage of the Stanley Cup finals (which per finals did a 3.3, plus 8.2 million total viewers).
Under the Dome stands as broadcast TV’s most watched summer premiere since NBC’s The Singing Bee circa 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.
Elsewhere, ABC’s The Bachelorette (6.4 mil/1.9) was up 16 percent and two tenths, while Mistresses (3.7 mil/1.1) dipped a tenth versus the Dome. Fox’s penultimate The Goodwin Games (1.6 mil/0.6) was up 14 percent and a tenth.