Under the Dome CBS

Monday's episode of the CBS hit started late in much of the country, faced big football action

The combination of tennis and pro football conspired to keep some “Under the Dome” viewers from watching Monday’s episode, but CBS is giving them a second chance.

After watching the top new summer program to come along in years fall to season lows on Monday, the Eye announced Tuesday that the season’s penultimate episode will be rebroadcast Saturday night at 9.

“Under the Dome” had been gaining steam in the last two weeks — thanks in part to the end of the Time Warner blackout — but last night’s episode started about 25 minutes late in the East and Central time zones, thus keeping some viewers from being able to watch. According to Nielsen, Monday’s episode averaged a 2.1 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 and 9.72 million viewers overall, down week-to-week by 22% in the demo and by 13% in total viewers.

CBS had aired the men’s final of the U.S. Open earlier Monday evening, and coverage didn’t wrap until 8:55 p.m. ET. The net opted to stick with its planned comedy repeats, meaning “The Big Bang Theory” did not conclude until about 10:25. The show aired at its regularly scheduled time in the West.

Monday also marked the season premiere of ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” which aired a doubleheader that played in primetime on both coasts and likely took away some viewers.

The Saturday night repeat makes sense, as CBS will be able to promote it to a large audience during its coverage of the much-anticipated college football game between Alabama and Texas A&M, scheduled for 3:40 p.m. ET.

“Under the Dome” wraps its first season next Monday.

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