‘Under The Dome’ Premiere Draws 2 Million Viewers For Channel 5

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CBS’ drama series Under The Dome got off to a good start last night for UK broadcaster Channel 5.

Airing behind the finale of Big Brother (which peaked with 2.6 million viewers), Stephen King’s 13 episode series premiered to an average of just over 2 million viewers (including+1) and a 12% share. The ratings for the series are well above Channel 5’s slot average and outperformed other recent US premieres on the channel such as Person of Interest in August 2012 and its average audience of 1.5 million viewers, but fell short of the 2.9 million viewers that tuned into the series premiere of Dallas in September 2012.

Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, Under The Dome tells the story of a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by a massive transparent dome. The drama series, which has an order for 13 episodes, is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and stars Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Dean Norris, Natalie Martinez, Britt Robertson, Alexander Koch, Colin Ford, Nicholas Strong, Jolene Purdy and Aisha Hinds. The series, which pulled in nearly 20 million viewers for its premiere state-side on CBS, was recently renewed for a 13 episode second season.

  • julie Taylor

    I would like to express my disappointment that the new drama, under the dome is not audio described! My son Blaine is has been blind since birth but really enjoys the tv he can follow with audio description. He is a big Stephen king fan as am i , and so settled down with supper to watch the new drama, can u imagine our astonishment when it began, but cudnt be followed by my son ? I find it hard to believe that in this day and age any new programs arnt automatically given subtitles and audio description so all can appreciate these shows. I now feel that this is blatant discrimination against the visually impaired ! I would like to hear any views on this matter . Yours julie taylor