CBS’ ‘Under the Dome’ Dips But Still Dominates In Third Week

Credible start for NBC's 'Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls'; ABC's 'Bachelorette,' 'Mistresses' rise

CBS' 'Under the Dome' Dips Still

CBS summer drama “Under the Dome” dipped a bit Monday in its third outing, but all signs continue to be positive for the show, which again dominated the night. NBC did OK with its new “Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls” while ABC saw slight gains for its shows.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Under the Dome” was Monday’s top program, averaging a 2.7 rating/7 share in adults 18-49 and 10.6 million viewers overall in the 10 o’clock hour — down 7% (0.2) from last week’s national demo score (and 4% below its prelim score). It did a big 3.3 for the show’s premiere on June 24.

In total viewers, last night’s third episode was off 10% from last week (11.8 million). It bowed on June 24 with 13.53 million same-night viewers, which ballooned to 16.7 million with three days of DVR playback counted.

Last night, “Under the Dome” was saddled with a softer lead-in (1.2 demo rating for a “Mike & Molly” repeat) after benefiting from bigger support from encores of “The Big Bang Theory” in its first two weeks (2.0 two weeks ago and 1.6 last week). In the first half of the night, CBS aired encores of “How I Met Your Mother” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) and “2 Broke Girls” at both 8:30 (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall) and 9 (1.3/4 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall).

At NBC, “American Ninja Warrior” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall) had a solid second week, placing second among the Big Four in 18-49 and coming within a tick of its two-hour season premiere of last week. It was followed by the debut of “Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall), which also ranked second among the major nets in 18-49 and edged up in its second half-hour. Though a 1.4 isn’t that big, it does represent the top premiere rating for a reality premiere on the Big Four this summer (excluding special previews for NBC’s “The Winner Is”).

Closing out the night for the Peacock, drama “Siberia” (1.0/3 in 18-49, 2.7 million viewers overall) was down a smidge from its soft bow of last week.

ABC’s “The Bachelorette” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall) continues to be off last year’s pace but did edge up from last week. And at 10, “Mistresses” (1.2/3 in 18-49, 4.0 million viewers overall) also looks to be up slightly from last week and again beat out NBC’s “Siberia.” This was the second best 18-49 score and the largest overall audience this summer for “The Bachelorette.”

Fox went with encores of its live-action comedies: “Raising Hope” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.8 million viewers overall at 8 and 0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall at 8:30), “New Girl” (0.5/2 in 18-49, 1.3 million viewers overall) and “The Mindy Project” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC and CBS, 1.7/5; Univision, 1.5/4; NBC, 1.3/4; Telemundo, 0.8/2; Fox, 0.6/2; CW, 0.2/0.

In total viewers: CBS, 6.5 million; ABC, 5.9 million; NBC, 4.0 million; Univision, 3.8 million; Telemundo, 1.7 million; Fox, 1.5 million; CW, 0.5 million.