Ratings: Under the Dome Returns Down Yet Dominates; Mistresses Ticks Up

Under the Dome Season 2 Ratings

CBS’ Under the Dome on Monday night returned to 9.4 million total viewers and a 2.1 demo rating (per finals) — down 30 and 36 percent from its boffo series debut (which did 13.5 mil and a 3.3) and off more than 20 percent from its freshman finale (12.1 mil/2.8).

In total viewers and the demo, the drama hit and matched series lows, yet nonetheless stands as this summer’s most watched and highest rated scripted program to date.

RELATED Under the Dome Premiere Recap: May the Force Be With You

TVLine readers gave the premiere an average grade of “B.”

Elsewhere on the night….

FOX | MasterChef (5.2 mil/1.9) rose two tenths in the demo (hitting a season high), while 24: Live Another Day‘s antepenultimate episode (5.8 mil/1.4) was flat.

RELATED 24: Live Another Day Recap: Blasts, From the Past

ABC | The Bachelorette (6.3 mil/1.6) was up a tenth, and Mistressess (4.1 mil/1.1) rose 14 percent and a tenth versus Dome, delivering best-since-premiere numbers.

RELATED Mistresses Recap: I Ink, Therefore I Am

THE CW | Beauty and the Beast (810K/0.3) was flat.

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  1. Hi, I log on to your blog on a regular basis. Your story-telling style is awesome, keep up the good work!

  2. Moment says:

    I had a feeling Under the Dome would drop, it’s a decent, popcorn viewing type show but much of the hype the first season had is gone. I don’t see it dropping much from here on out, It’ll probably stabilize around the 2.0 mark for the entire season, and CBS will likely renew it midway through the season.

  3. Dee says:

    And why dd they renew Beauty and the Beast again? Damn shame!

    • Moment says:

      I read somewhat that it may have been because CBS wanted more of their stuff on the network. They own it jointly with Warner Bros, and there are currently more WB shows on The CW.

  4. James says:

    Under the Dome needs to get straight to the point of the shows plot this second season, playing around with the trapped souls scenario, as Steven King likes to do, will quickly lose attention span without an injection of original ideas put into the screenplay. Be it aliens or super beings some reasoning for the existence of the dome has to be made more apparent and logical or viewers will be left lamenting another unfinished show before this season concludes.

  5. Mike Rapino says:

    Are 24’s numbers good enough for Fox to give it a go again, maybe without Jack?