Not only was Under the Dome generally well received – I, personally, found it to be surprisingly engaging with just the right amount of unsettling – but CBS’ summer series has hit some ratings highs for the network. I guess viewers really wanted to know what was under that dome!
Getting right down into the uber-scientific numbers of television ratings can be a little boring, but try to stay with me (I promise there’s more interesting coverage after we get through this slop). According to THR, Under the Dome’s pilot drew in a total of 13.1 million viewers, with a 3.2 rating in adults 18-49, tying it with The Following for the second-highest-rated drama premiere of the 2012-13 television season (Revolution is still the highest, unfortunately). While it might not have reached number one in that regard, it did manage to steal the spot of most-watched summer debut on CBS, the highest rated since 2005’s Fire Me Please. All in all, CBS finished on Monday with an average 2.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 8.2 million viewers for the night. But enough talk about numbers.
Under the Dome’s second episode, “The Fire,” will start to answer some seriously perplexing questions about the dome and how the townspeople of Chester’s Mill will deal with their confinement. In one of two images from THR, you can see Dean Norris’ Big Jim walking up to a back hoe with the purpose of digging his way out under the dome (ha!). We’ll soon see how well digging will work (surprise: not very well).
Elsewhere, Joe (Colin Ford) and his friend Ben will trek around the entirety of the dome, mapping out its exact position around the town. This is the start of all the big questions surrounding the science of the dome. We already know it doesn’t let sound in, but what about air? Or water? But the biggest question of all is where it came from and how did it just appear seemingly from nowhere?