‘Under the Dome’ Hits Low Opposite ‘Bachelorette’ Conclusion

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Declines in Los Angeles and Dallas likely linked to CBS blackout for Time Warner subscribers

CBS’ “Under the Dome” hit a series low Monday opposite ABC’s concluding hour of the season’s “The Bachelorette.” It’s unclear how much the Eye’s blackout on Time Warner Cable in three major cities was a contributing factor, but ratings were noticeably lower in both Los Angeles and Dallas this week.

ABC won the night with its “Bachelorette” finale and post-show special “After the Final Rose,” the latter of which provided “Under the Dome” with its toughest timeslot competition to date.

CBS Research on Monday said it expected the blackout of the network’s signal on Time Warner in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas to have only a minimal impact on national ratings of roughly 1%. Monday’s “Under the Dome” averaged a 2.5 rating/7 share in adults 18-49 and 10.2 million viewers overall — down about 10% from last week and the show’s lowest same-night result to date. Summer’s top-rated program had been hovering in the 2.7-2.8 range most weeks during its run.

“Dome” was Monday’s No. 1 program in adults 25-54 (3.3/8) and total viewers.

In 18-49 local market ratings, New York did a 1.9 rating on Monday, down a slim 5% from last week, but Los Angeles settled for a 0.8 (less than half last week’s 1.9) and Dallas a 3.0 (down from a 3.7 last week). On the other hand, fellow top 10 markets Chicago, Philadelphia and Houston were all up week to week.

Earlier in the evening, CBS aired encores of half-hours “How I Met Your Mother” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall), “2 Broke Girls” at both 8:30 (1.0/3 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall) and 9 (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.6 million viewers overall) and “Mike & Molly” (1.3/3 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall).

At ABC, the two-hour finale of “The Bachelorette” hit a season high (2.6/8 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall) but was still down about 15% from last year for the show’s lowest-rated conclusion to date. It was followed by the special “The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose” (2.5/7 in 18-49, 8.3 million viewers overall).

NBC’s lineup was fairly stable, with “American Ninja Warrior” down a tick (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall), “Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls” up a smidge (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) and “Siberia” flat (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.9 million viewers overall).

Fox aired repeats of comedies “Raising Hope” (0.8/3 in 18-49, 2.1 million viewers overall at 8 p.m. and 0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.7 million viewers overall at 8:30), “New Girl” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall) and “The Mindy Project” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall).

Telemundo’s “El Senor de los Cielos” hit a series high with its finale at 10 p.m. (1.5/4 in 18-49, 2.9 million viewers overall), handily beating its Univision competition in 18-49.

CW original “Breaking Pointe” continues to struggle, barely registering with a 0.1 rating/0 share in 18-49 and just 415,000 total viewers.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 2.6/7; CBS, 1.6/5; Univision, 1.2/3; NBC, 1.1/3; Telemundo, 0.8/2; Fox, 0.7/2; CW, 0.2/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 8.7 million; CBS, 6.3 million; NBC, 3.5 million; Univision, 3.1 million; Fox and Telemundo, 1.8 million; CW, 0.6 million.

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  1. MonikkaMarie Jackson says:

    Totally mystified about the attraction of ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘The Bachelorette’. After 8 years, only 1 couple on ‘The Bachelor’ ever got married, and ‘The Bachelorette’ has had 2. All these series are is melodrama porn attempting to be about romance, with people selling out what should be a private experience for fame. If you listen, you can hear the I.Q. points dropping in the households where this is shown. If you’ve got nothing going on at home, that’s on you and your choices. Watching people making romantic gestures while the clock is ticking and they’re trying not to end their tv time isn’t going to help your life. We can’t right wrongs like on ‘Person of Interest’ or ‘NCIS’, but we can have a good enough relationship in real life that we don’t need to watch an imitation of romance on tv

  2. Judlyne Gibson says:

    Another reason for viewer decline for UNDER THE DOME might be the fact that the audience now knows they will NOT get the answer to the appearance of the dome or if the residents will ever be able to get out from under it. I haven’t watched a full episode since they announced a second season. That tells me the BIG questions will NOT be answered in this 13 episode run. I am however DVRing the show just in case I miss something, which I suspect, I really won’t.

    • MonikkaMarie Jackson says:

      The series is about more than just the dome, it’s about the characters (who are well-written), and how they react and respond to the pressures of their situation. Did you think ‘Lost’ was just about people stranded on an island, the same as ‘Gilligan’s Island’?

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