‘Under the Dome,’ Reality Vets Lead Week While Univision Stays on Top in Demo

Long-running unscripted series account for nine of the week's top 10 primetime programs

'Under the dome' Ratings

While Univision made it five straight weeks as television’s primetime network leader in young adults, English-language program rankings were dominated by reality shows …. and “Under the Dome.”

Nine of the top 10 ad-supported shows in the adults 18-49 demo last week were installments of veteran unscripted series, led by “America’s Got Talent.” The 7-year-old NBC show tied with CBS drama newcomer “Under the Dome” at No. 1.

CBS also saw a decent start for the return of once-cancelled crime drama “Unforgettable” on Sunday, as it teamed with “Dome” to give CBS the week’s top two ratings for scripted originals on broadcast and basic cable. By adding the two scripted shows to a summer lineup that includes staple “Big Brother,” the Eye was able to show year-over-year weekly gains — the only major net to do so.

Overall, according to Nielsen, Univision led in adults 18-49 with a 1.5 rating/5 share, and was followed by Fox (1.3/4), CBS (1.2/4), NBC (1.1/4), ABC (1.0/3) and top cabler USA (0.7/2). CBS edged out Univision in adults 25-54 and won easily as usual in total viewers.

Univision’s week was capped by the two-hour grand finale of “Amores Verdaderos” (2.1/6 in 18-49, 5.19 million viewers overall), which aired on Sunday and brought big gains to what is typically one of the network’s lower rated nights.

CBS’ consistent “Under the Dome” (2.8/8 in 18-49, 11.60 million viewers overall) was the week’s most-watched program overall. The net’s “Big Brother” again placed all three of its editions among the week’s top 10 in 18-49, led by Thursday’s eviction show (2.5/8, 6.90m).

Fox, which has little new programming this summer, was led by reality vets “MasterChef” (2.3/7 in 18-49, 5.58m) and “Hell’s Kitchen” (2.3/7, 5.61m), the latter of which wrapped its season. Repeats of “Family Guy” continue to do well on Sunday (1.6/5 in 18-49, 3.18m).

NBC’s “Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 3.67m) and “Hollywood Game Night” (1.3/4 in 18-49, 3.85m) are as strong as any new reality programs this summer. “Game Night” again built on its “Winner Is” lead-in (0.9/3, 3.84m) and beat out ABC and CBS in the 10 p.m. Thursday hour in 18-49.

Peacock’s “America’s Got Talent” on Tuesday (2.8/8, 10.34m) was the week’s No. 1 program in 18-49 (tied with “Under the Dome”), and Wednesday’s first results show of the season (2.4/7 in 18-49, 10.64m) was up from last year’s.

ABC’s best night was again Monday, where “The Bachelorette” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 6.52m) won its two-hour timeslot and first-year drama “Mistresses” hit six-week highs behind it (1.2/3 in 18-49, 3.95m).

“Would You Fall For That?,” taking over the Friday slot held this summer by “What Would You Do?,” premiered to  modest numbers (0.8/3 in 18-49, 3.25m).

In cable, Lifetime’s “Devious Maids” continued its hot run of late, achieving series highs in both 18-49 (1.1/4) and total viewers (2.88 million). These numbers represent gains vs. the show’s June 23 premiere of nearly 70% in the demo and 45% in total viewers.

At E!, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 2.83m) had its second best showing of the season Sunday and cracked the week’s top 25 in 18-49, leading into the series premiere of “WWE Divas” (0.7/2, 1.34m).

Discovery’s “Naked and Afraid” was basic cable’s No. 1 Sunday telecast in 18-49 (1.6/5) and ranked 15th for the week among all of television. It also hit a series high in total viewers (3.62 million).

TNT’s Monday tandem of “Major Crimes” (0.9 in 18-49, 5.38m) and first-year “King & Maxwell” (0.5/1 in 18-49, 3.39m) had best-since-premiere demo deliveries while hitting season highs in total viewers. The net’s “Rizzoli & Isles” (1.1/3, 5.49m) was cable’s No. 1 scripted program of the week in adults 25-54 (1.5/4), and “Franklin & Bash” (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.14m) hit season highs across the board Wednesday.

At ABC Family, newcomer “The Fosters” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 1.89m) set series highs in all key demos, including females 12-34 (2.1/6), and vet “Pretty Little Liars” hit five-week highs (1.3/4 in 18-49, 2.86m).

BET’s “The Game” posted its second best scores of the season (1.3/4 in 18-49, 2.59m); Bravo’s yacht-set reality series “Below Deck” hit series highs Monday (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.32m); and OWN’s “The Have and the Have Nots” continues to perform well above network averages, hitting a four-week high (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.80m), while the net’s “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” hit series highs in its return Saturday (0.4/1, 1.08m).

Syfy’s original movie “Sharknado,” airing for the third time, drew a best-yet 2.11 million Saturday and was cable’s top original  program of the night in adults 25-54 (0.7/2).

Also Saturday, new Hallmark series “Cedar Cove” (2.41 million) led into original telepic “Second Chances” (2.81 million), which became the net’s biggest movie of the year and was cable’s No. 2 firstrun program of the night in women 25-54 (0.8/2).


Adults 18-49
1.  Under the Dome (CBS), 2.8/8
1.  America’s Got Talent-Tuesday (NBC), 2.8/8
3.  Big Brother-Thursday (CBS), 2.5/8
4.  America’s Got Talent-Wednesday (NBC), 2.4/7
4.  True Blood (HBO), 2.4/7
6.  Big Brother-Wednesday (CBS), 2.3/8
6.  MasterChef-9 p.m. (Fox), 2.3/7
6.  Big Brother-Sunday (CBS), 2.3/7
6.  Hell’s Kitchen-9 p.m. (Fox), 2.3/7
10.  Hell’s Kitchen-8 p.m. (Fox), 2.1/8
11.  The Big Bang Theory-r (CBS), 2.0/8
11.  Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta 2 (VH1), 2.0/6
13.  The Bachelorette (ABC), 1.9/6
14.  Two and a Half Men (CBS), 1.7/6
15.  Family Guy-9:30 (Fox), 1.6/5
15.  American Ninja Warrior (NBC), 1.6/5
15. Naked and Afraid (DISC), 1.6/5
15.  Family Guy-r (Fox), 1.6/5
15.  America’s Got Talent-Wed. 8 (NBC), 1.6/5
20.  The Simpsons-r (Fox), 1.4/5
20.  So You Think You Can Dance (Fox), 1.4/4
20.  Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls (NBC), 1.4/4
20.  WWE Raw (USA), 1.4/4
19.  Keeping Up With the Kardashians (E!), 1.4/4

Total Viewers (in millions)
1.  Under the Dome (CBS), 11.60
2.  America’s Got Talent-Wednesday (NBC), 10.64
3.  America’s Got Talent-Tuesday (NBC), 10.34
4.  60 Minutes (CBS), 8.36
5.  The Big Bang Theory-r (CBS), 8.07
6.  NCIS-r (CBS), 7.18
7.  Unforgettable (CBS), 7.15
8.  Big Brother-Thursday (CBS), 6.90
9.  Big Brother-Sunday (CBS), 6.81
10.  Two and a Half Men-r (CBS), 6.79
11.  America’s Got Talent-Wednesday 8 p.m. (NBC), 6.65
12.  The Bachelorette (ABC), 6.52
13.  Big Brother-Wednesday (CBS), 6.44
14.  CSI-r (CBS), 6.19
15.  Dateline-Friday (NBC), 5.88
16.  NCIS: Los Angeles-r (CBS), 5.82
17.  Rookie Blue (ABC), 5.63
18.  Hell’s Kitchen-9 p.m. (Fox), 5.61
19.  MasterChef-9 p.m. (Fox), 5.58
20.  Rizzoli & Isles (TNT), 5.49

(in millions)

Total Viewers
CBS    5.63
NBC   4.46
UNI   3.83
NBC   3.76
Fox   3.22
Disney   2.73
USA   2.44
TNT   2.11
HIST   1.89
Fox News   1.68

Adults 18-49
UNI   1.90    (1.5/5)
Fox   1.61    (1.3/4)
CBS   1.52    (1.2/4)
NBC   1.43   (1.1/4)
ABC   1.23    (1.0/3)
USA   0.92
TBS    0.89
TEL    0.89
ADSM  0.77
TNT    0.68

Adults 25-54
CBS   1.93    (1.6 rating/5 share)
UNI   1.77    (1.5/4)
NBC   1.73   (1.5/4)
Fox    1.71   (1.4/4)
ABC   1.53   (1.3/4)
USA   0.97
TBS    0.90
TEL    0.84
TNT   0.81
HIST   0.79