TV tonight: ‘Under the Dome:’ teen angst drama or sci-fi thriller?

Is too little of the dome sabotaging 'Under the Dome?'
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WASHINGTON, July 15, 2013 — “Under the Dome” is the undisputed ratings hit of the summer, especially in the coveted 18-49 demographic. But CBS is in serious danger of alienating the “NCIS” crowd in pursuit of the younger viewer.

“Under the Dome” has lost six million viewers from its premiere high of almost 17 million. The most recent episode had just 10.7 million people tuning in, and expect that number to drop again if we don’t get a lot more of the dome.

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TV adaptations of Stephen King novels are notorious for starting with a bang and ending with a whimper. Someone better email Steven Spielberg and CBS and let them know the King curse is in serious danger of repeating itself with “Under the Dome.”

The show is supposed to be first and foremost a science fiction thriller about a mysterious dome. Yet with each episode of “Under the Dome,” less time is spent on the dome in favor of developing subplots. We get that character development is essential, but someone better tell the producers to throw in a dissected cow every now and then. Watching a teen take on the dome in a boxing match is a poor substitute for the action sequences in the pilot episode.

The only thing saving CBS from basic cable competition is the fact that popular adult dramas like “King & Maxwell” and “Longmire” that share the 10 p.m. time slot have multiple viewings throughout the week. Put these two shows in direct competition on a major broadcast network and “Under the Dome’s” numbers would be a lot different, especially if it continues to dwell on the teen angst angle.

Everyone involved with the direction of the show needs to remember what got our attention in the first place.

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Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EDT:

8 p.m.

ABC: The Bachelorette: (New) Desiree meets the families of the remaining bachelors in their hometowns; a visit from Desiree’s brother leaves her worried about introducing the men to him.

CBS: How I Met Your Mother: (Repeat) Despite having already popped the question, Robin insists that Barney seek her father’s permission before the couple can announce their engagement. Meanwhile, a conflicted Ted throws himself into the planning of the their wedding.

FOX: Raising Hope: (Repeat) Jimmy’s plans to buy a car that’s safer for Hope are scuttled when he finds out that his parents ruined his credit years ago by maxing out credit cards in his name, so Burt and Virginia desperately try to make a deal with their bank representative, but they may have to hand over their new sports car to get it done.

NBC: American Ninja Warrior: (New) A qualifying round in Miami featuring the Utility Pole Slider, the Balance Bridge, the Slider Jump and the Monkey Peg. Contestants include Olympic medalist Dee Dee Trotter.

CW: The IHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party: (New) Highlights from the 2013 concert in Miami. Scheduled performers: Ke$ha; Pitbull; Icona Pop; Jason Derulo; and Krewella. Also appearing: Miley Cyrus; LL Cool J; Arielle Kebbel; Robbie Amell; Charles Michael Davis; and Torrance Coombs.

8:30 p.m.

CBS: Mike & Molly: (Repeat) On Valentine’s Day, Mike and Molly play Cupid and prod Harry into asking Victoria out on a date, and to everyone’s surprise she accepts. Meanwhile, Carl has a list of reasons why hanging out at the coin laundry on the holiday will help Samuel and him meet single women.

FOX: Raising Hope: (Repeat) Sabrina can’t keep her family hidden any longer after Burt learns a secret about them, so she introduces the Chances to her father (Stephen Root). Meanwhile, Jimmy thinks an invitation to Sabrina’s sister’s party will help Hope make friends.

9 p.m.

CBS: 2 Broke Girls: (Repeat) Max and Caroline audition to be contestants on “Cupcake Wars.”

FOX: New Girl: (Repeat) Winston interviews a professional football player, who shows an interest in Jess.

NBC: Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls: (New) Bear Grylls puts the remaining nine teams through a new set of harrowing challenges.

9:30 p.m.

CBS: Mike & Molly: (Repeat) Wannabe-parent Mike takes a crash course in male fertility and heads to a clinic to ensure that he’s potent enough to make a mother out of Molly. Meanwhile, Vince starts a job as a door-to-door vacuum-cleaner salesman.

FOX: The Mindy Project: (Repeat) Mindy is unnerved by her dream guy’s relationship with his female best friend; Jillian breaks up with Danny, who enlists Morgan’s help to win her back.

10 p.m.

ABC: Mistresses: (New) Hurt that Savi didn’t tell her about the pregnancy or affair, Joss moves in with April; Harry and Dominic butt heads; Karen has a meeting with Detective Newsome; April works to move forward with her relationship.

CBS: Under the Dome: (New) An outbreak of meningitis causes panic in Chester’s Mill as the town’s already depleted medical supplies further dwindle. Meanwhile, Julia continues to search for answers into her husband’s disappearance.

NBC: Siberia: (New) The contestants face a new set of challenges that push them to the brink.

PBS: POV: (New) The cinema-vérité “Only the Young” chronicles the lives of three teens in a small California town that’s pockmarked by foreclosed homes, empty swimming pools and a closed mini-golf course. Also: “xoxosms,” about love and intimacy in the digital age.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Switched at Birth at 8 p.m. on ABCFAM

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

WWE Monday Night Raw at 8 p.m. on USA

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

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

American Pickers at 9 p.m. on History Channel

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

Teen Wolf at 10 p.m. on MTV

King & Maxwell at 10 p.m. on TNT

Memory Games 2013 at 10 p.m. on SCI

House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV

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

House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV

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

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

O Brother, Where Art Thou? On AMC

Finding Nemo on ENC

Suspect Zero on FLIX

The A-Team on FXM

Kung Fu Panda on FX

Risky Business on IFC

Platoon on REELZ

Black Swan on SUND

The Help on TMC

9 p.m.

Crash Reel on HBO

Moonrise Kingdom on HBO

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on MOMAX

The World According to Dick Cheney

The Wrong Box on TCM

Later tonight:

Curly Sue at 9:45 p.m. on ENC

Premium Rush at 9:50 p.m. on STARZ

American History X at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX

Starsky & Hutch at 10:30 p.m. on AMC

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