TV tonight: Under the Dome premiere attracts almost 17 million viewers

There are literally two sides to CBS’s new drama ‘Under the Dome.’
Photo: CBS/Under the Dome

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2013 —Last Monday night’s premiere of “Under the Dome” provoked two distinct responses in social media. The first; how cool it was when the dome literally split a cow in half at the beginning of the show. The second; it’s not like the book.

But even those who’ve read the book admitted they enjoyed the television friendly version of ‘Under the Dome.’ The fact that a considerable number of people who have read the book will tune in just to moniter the series’ loyalty to the original written version won’t hurt its ratings. And regardless of the degree of enthusiasm for the show, it is all about the ratings.

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For this reason it is significant that last week’s “Under the Dome” premiere rated a phenomenal 4.3 in the all important 18 to 49 demographic. To put this in its proper perspective, the most recent season finale of “The Big Bang Theory” rated a 4.8 in this demo. Since “The Big Bang Theory” frequently lands at the top of the weekly Nielsen ratings, “Under the Dome’s” 4.3 rating in the middle of the summer is nothing short of phenomenal.

In last week’s premiere, the requisite teen angst and gratuitous sex scenes included for the 18 to 49 demo obviously served the producers well. A little melodrama goes a long way, but someone has to pay for it all, so we will grudgingly endure the fluff to get to the substance.

Several critics have seen fit to remind us that the previous television adaptations of Stephen King novels usually start with a big bang then lose steam as the story progresses. But King’s secret weapon; the participation of Steven Spielberg, will hopefully offset the King curse and keep the show as fresh and unexpected as the first episode.

And it certainly doesn’t hurt that the only competition in tonight’s 10 p.m. time slot is a show about four women who sleep around, (Mistresses) and you guessed it, yet another useless reality show. (Siberia)

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“Under the Dome” has the attention of the TV audience in a way unfamiliar to most summer premieres. Since the continued success of the show depends on the instincts and ability of Spielberg and company, it’s a safe bet that “Under the Dome” will continue to thrall the masses in unprecedented numbers.

In short, it’s like Christmas in July for the television audience. And for that we should all be grateful.

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EDT:

8 p.m.

ABC: The Bachelorette: (New) Desiree and the men travel to Barcelona, Spain; Drew and Kasey express their concerns about James, leading Desiree to confront him; six bachelors face a female soccer team on the group date.

CBS: How I Met Your Mother: (Repeat) Part 1 of 2. Robin takes steps to have Patrice fired from WWN, while Marshall puts a jinx on Barney. Later, Ted invites his architecture professor to the dedication of the GNB building; and Marshall and Lily bump into an oddball acquaintance from college.

FOX: Raising Hope: (Repeat) The Chances sign up for a charity walk to benefit Angry Bowel Syndrome, a condition Jimmy had as a child. Meanwhile, Burt and Virginia start to feel like they’re getting old; and Jimmy finds it difficult to support Sabrina in a spat with her ex when he thinks she’s at fault.

NBC: American Ninja Warrior: (New) The world’s toughest athletes take on the most difficult obstacle course ever created.

CW: Oh Sit!: (Repeat) Havana Brown performs.

8:30 p.m.

CBS: Mike & Molly: (Repeat) Mike’s big plans for Molly’s birthday hit a snag when he ingests some psychedelic-laced gelato prepared by Victoria’s friend.

FOX: The Goodwin Games: (New) In the first-season finale, Chloe and Jimmy hide their relationships from Henry out of fear of judgment. Meanwhile, the siblings figure out the answer to the final clue after they realize how much their late father has been controlling their lives.

9 p.m.

CBS: 2 Broke Girls: (Repeat) Max and Caroline are hired by a Manhattan socialite to make cupcakes for her daughter’s first birthday party.

FOX: New Girl: (Repeat) Jess tries to help Nick repair his relationship with his con-man father, but Nick worries that his dad is only using him in a scheme. Elsewhere, Schmidt and Robby team up to try to win back Cece. 

CW: The Carrie Diaries: (Repeat) Carrie reconnects with an old friend who invites her to his mom’s dinner party.

9:30 p.m.

CBS: The Big Bang Theory: (Repeat) Sheldon gets all revved up when the university reassigns his parking space to returning space traveler Wolowitz, and the resulting battle affects the entire gang.

FOX: The Mindy Project: (Repeat) Mindy’s attempted one-night stand with Brendan hits a snag when his brother and Morgan drop by; and Danny goes on a date with Eye Patch. 

10 p.m.

ABC: Mistresses: (New) Savi must hide her pregnancy from Harry as she anxiously waits for paternity test results; Joss and Alex’s friendship takes an interesting turn; a private investigator asks Karen about her lover’s death.

CBS: Under the Dome: (New) People panic when a house catches fire in Chester’s Mill and the firefighters are unable to respond because they are outside of the dome.

NBC: Siberia: (New) Sixteen reality-show contestants arrive in a Siberian forest and quickly discover the adventure is not what they signed up for.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Love & Hip Hop Atlanta at 8 p.m. on VH1

Switched at Birth at 8 p.m. on ABCFAM

Fast ‘N Loud: Revved Up at 8 p.m. on DSC

The Real Housewives of Orange County at 9 p.m. on BRAVO

Fast ‘N Loud at 9 p.m. on DSC

Defiance at 9 p.m. on Syfy

Major Crimes at 9 p.m. on TNT

Bizarre Foods America at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

Battleground Afghanistan at 9 p.m. on NGC

The Glades at 9 p.m. on A&E

Cake Boss at 9 p.m. on TLC

Longmire at 10 p.m. on A&E

Push Girls at 10 p.m. on SUND

Street Outlaws at 10 p.m. on DSC

Below Deck at 10 p.m. on BRAVO

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

Teen Wolf at 10 p.m. on MTV

Four Houses at 10 p.m. on TLC

Warehouse 13 at 10 p.m. on Syfy

King & Maxwell at 10 p.m. on TNT

Eyewitness War at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on NGC

Deon Cole’s Black Box at 10:30 p.m. on TBS

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

King Kong on AMC

V on ENC

Jumping the Broom on FXM

Battle: Los Angeles on FX

The Hills Have Eyes II on IFC

Take This Waltz on TMC

9 p.m.

Gideon’s Army on HBO

Project X on HBO

AVP: Alien vs. Predator on MOMAX

The Sunshine Boys on TCM

Later tonight:

My Week With Marilyn at 9:15 p.m. on SHO

Blade Runner at 9:50 p.m. on ENC

Ocean’s Twelve at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX

Hostel at 10 p.m. on IFC

Sexy Baby at 10 p.m. on TMC

Sideways at 10:30 p.m. on HBO

The Replacement Killers at 10:30 p.m. on REELZ

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I was born and educated in Southwest Virginia, traveled with my job all over America in my twenties and early thirties then came back to the mountains to raise my daughter.

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