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

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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