CBS’ Under the Dome opened Season 3 on Thursday night with 6.3 million total viewers and a 1.3 demo rating (per finals), down 34 and 38 percent from its previous premiere (which led out of a Big Bang rerun on a Monday), as well as down from its sophomore finale (7.5 mil/1.8, airing after a fresh Scorpion).
TVLine readers gave the two-hour opener an average grade of “B-.”
Opening the Eye’s night, Big Brother (6.4 mil/2.1) matched Wednesday’s opener and dominated the night in the demo. Year-over-year, it was down just 3 and 7 percent.
NBC | Dateline (6.9 mil/1.3) hit and tied Thursday highs, leading the night in total viewers. The recently renewed Aquarius (3.2 mil/0.6) and being-shopped-around Hannibal (1.5 mil/0.4) each dipped a tenth to series lows.
ABC | The Astronaut Wives Club (4.5 mil/0.8) dropped 18 and 17 percent from its launch, Mistresses (3.3 mil/0.7) slipped 13 and 22 percent from its premiere (to series lows) and Rookie Blue (3.8 mil/0.6) fell 37 and 45 percent from its previous premiere (as well as was down sharply from its Season 5 finale), hitting a series low in the demo; readers gave the episode an average grade of “A-.”
FOX | Leading out of the BOOM! premiere (2.5 mil/0.9), Wayward Pines (3.5 mil/1.2) slipped 17 percent in audience while steady in the demo.
THE CW | Beauty and the Beast (860K/0.2) dipped a precious tenth in the demo, tying its series low.