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CBS’ ‘Under the Dome’ Rises, ESPN’s ‘Home Run Derby’ Down a Bit

Eye drama easily the night's No. 1 series; NBC's 'Get Out Alive' down just slightly in second week

UPDATE: In the nationals, “Under the Dome” (2.7/8 in 18-49, 11.13 million viewers overall) ended up matching last week’s 18-49 score while rising 9% week to week in adults 25-54 (to 3.8/10) and 4% in total viewers. In the 25-54 demo, “Dome” beat the combined deliveries of the next four closest dramas in the 10 o’clock hour: ABC’s “Mistresses” (1.2), NBC’s “Siberia” (1.0), A&E’s “Longmire” (0.8) and TNT’s “King & Maxwell” (0.7).

ESPN’s “Home Run Derby” (2.6/8 in 18-49, 6.65 million viewers overall) actually ended up down a smidge from last year and was the night’s No. 2 program in 18-49 and No. 1 in male demos.

In its fourth week, CBS drama “Under the Dome” held steady in the young-adults demo while gaining a bit in total viewers and again was easily Monday’s top series. ESPN figures to have claimed Monday’s biggest demo draw overall with its annual Home Run Derby event.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Under the Dome” averaged a 2.7 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 10.8 million viewers overall in the 10 o’clock hour. This was the first time the show hasn’t dipped week-to-week in 18-49 since its strong premiere on June 24.

“Dome” edged up in total viewers (from last week’s 10.7 million) while rising 6% (0.2) in adults 25-54 (to 3.7/9), a category in which it figures to top the combined averages of its three closest drama competitors in the hour — ABC’s “Mistresses,” NBC’s “Siberia” and A&E’s “Longmire.”

Final DVR playback data on the “Under the Dome” series premiere telecast, which was already the best for a summer drama premiere in more than 20 years, has boosted the show’s overall averages to a 4.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 17.76 million viewers overall.

Leading into “Under the Dome” for CBS on Monday were encores of “How I Met Your Mother” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.2 million viewers overall), a special 8:30 “Mike & Molly” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 4.3 million viewers overall), “2 Broke Girls” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.9 million viewers overall) and “Mike & Molly” at its regular time (1.2/3 in 18-49, 5.3 million viewers overall).  2.7 and 6.9

At ESPN, the “Chevrolet Home Run Derby,” in which Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was crowned the  champion, averaged a 5.0 overnight household rating, according to Nielsen. That puts it up 6% from last year (4.7) and the event’s highest overnight rating in four years. Last year’s Home Run Derby, held annually on the eve of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, averaged a 2.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.9 million viewers overall.

A big factor in this year’s rise was a nearly 20% boost in New York (to 7.9), which was the host city for the Derby.

Elsewhere, ABC’s “The Bachelorette” (1.9/6 in 18-49, 6.7 million viewers overall) held at last week’s level, winning all four of its half-hours. And at 10, “Mistresses” (1.1/3 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall) was down a tick from last week.

Univision tied ABC for second among the broadcasters in 18-49, led by “Amores Verdaderos” (1.7/5 in 18-49, 4.5 million viewers overall).

At NBC, “American Ninja Warrior” (1.5/5 in 18-49, 5.1 million viewers overall), “Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 3.9 million viewers overall) and “Siberia” (0.8/2 in 18-49, 2.4 million viewers overall) all were down a tenth from last week. For “Get Out Alive,” its 18-49 rating represents the best for the second week of a new unscripted series on any network this summer.

Fox aired repeats of comedies “Raising Hope” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.9 million viewers overall at 8 and 0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.6 million viewers overall at 8:30), “New Girl” (0.6/2 in 18-49, 1.4 million viewers overall) and “The Mindy Project” (0.5/1 in 18-49, 1.2 million viewers overall).

CW didn’t do much with its special “iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party” (0.2/1 in 18-49, 0.7 million viewers overall).

Preliminary 18-49 averages for the night: CBS, 1.7/5; ABC and Univision, 1.6/5; NBC, 1.2/4; Fox and Telemundo, 0.6/2; CW, 0.2/1.

In total viewers: CBS, 6.7 million; ABC, 5.7 million; Univision, 4.0 million; NBC, 3.8 million; Fox and Telemundo, 1.5 million; CW, 0.7 million.

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