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‘Under the Dome’ Hits Low, But Remains Monday’s Top Show

It tumbles in New York, stabilizes in Los Angeles and is up in Dallas; most other top markets down

CBS rookie drama “Under the Dome” is cooling off as it enters its homestretch, hitting a low on Monday and tumbling in New York — one of the markets where the network’s signal has been blacked out to Time Warner subscribers — but still ruling as the night’s top show.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Under the Dome” averaged a 2.3 rating/7 share in adults 18-49 and 10.1 million viewers overall in the 10 o’clock hour, down 8% from last week’s prelim demo score (2.5) and off 12% from its final national number (2.6). These numbers represent the show’s lowest scores to date, and 18% lower than two weeks ago, the last episode that was available to all Time Warner subscribers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas.

Looking at the markets where Nielsen measures adults 18-49 viewership with People Meters, this week’s rating for “Under the Dome” in New York (1.05) was down 45% from last week’s 1.9 and 48% lower than the 2.0 it did for the last episode unaffected by the TW blackout on July 29.

Los Angeles, where the show took a tumble in its first episode during the blackout, rebounded last night. Its 1.35 rating in adults 18-49 was up 69% from last week’s 0.8, but that still left it down 29% from the 1.9 it did on July 29 — the last episode that aired on Time Warner in the market.

And in Dallas, this week’s 3.85 was a strong rebound from last week’s 3.0 and is also up from the 3.7 it did on July 29.

Among other top 10 markets, the 18-49 local rating this week was lower than July 29 (the last pre-Time Warner blackout Monday) in Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. — a sign that perhaps it’s not the blackout alone that’s lowering the ratings in New York and Los Angeles.

Dallas and Chicago are the top 10 markets that were up vs. two weeks ago, while San Francisco is flat.

Earlier in the evening for CBS, the net aired repeats of comedies “How I Met Your Mother” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall), “Mike & Molly” at a special time (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall), “2 Broke Girls” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall) and “Mike & Molly” at its regular time (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall).

Elsewhere, ABC’s three-hour special “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” won the night with a good 2.0/6 in 18-49 and 8.2 million viewers overall — up sharply from last year when it aired in September and faced firstrun fall shows including NBC’s “The Voice.” The concert, featuring Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Kelly Clarkson, drew its largest-ever audience on ABC and matched the special’s best 18-49 score in the last seven years.

At NBC, both “American Ninja Warrior” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 5.0 million viewers overall) and “Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 3.7 million viewers overall) were up week to week, with the latter continuing as the summer’s top new unscripted series in 18-49. And at 10, “Siberia” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 1.9 million viewers overall) remains low despite a slight uptick.

Fox aired encores of “Raising Hope” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 0.7 million viewers overall at 8, 0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.5 million viewers overall at 8:30), “New Girl” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.4 million viewers overall) and “The Mindy Project” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.4 million viewers overall).

And at CW, 9 p.m. competition series “Breaking Pointe” (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.7 million viewers overall) edged up from its tiny numbers of last week.

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: ABC, 2.0/6; CBS, 1.4/4; Univision, 1.3/4; NBC, 1.2/4; Fox, 0.7/2; Telemundo, 0.5/1; CW, 0.2/1.

In total viewers: ABC, 8.2 million; CBS, 6.1 million; NBC, 3.5 million; Univision, 3.4 million; Fox, 1.5 million; Telemundo, 1.2 million.

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