The CBS drama, based on Stephen King’s novel, has been canceled and will not return for a fourth season.
Ratings for the CBS summer drama are well off from its first season, but the show sees strong growth from seven-day DVR playback.
CBS has made decisions on three of its summer original scripted series, picking up Under the Dome and Extant for next summer. There is no information on the number of episodes but word is that the shows — both from Amblin TV and CBS TV Studios — would likely be matching their previous 13-episode pickups. Legal sudser Reckless, which aired in the summer after being originally slated for midseason, will not be coming back.
Star Mike Vogel teased the possibility that the CBS drama could broaden its scope beyond the impenetrable dome that encompasses the town of Chester’s Mill, Maine.
The CBS miniseries that led the ratings much of last summer returns for another 13 episodes beginning Monday, with King telling viewers that no one in Chester’s Mill is assured of making it through the season alive.
The percent of illegal downloads of Monday’s episode from areas affected by the dispute increased dramatically.
The summers of the new millennium have brought us a number of extraordinarily popular reality competition programs that were so successful they became mainstays of their networks’ traditional season schedules, from CBS’s Survivor to Fox’s American Idol to ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. But if memory serves, we haven’t seen a scripted broadcast summer series that achieved the kind of success currently being enjoyed by CBS’s Under the Dome since the arrival of Northern Exposure on the same network way back in July 1990.
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Ratings for Under the Dome vindicate a decision by CBS to stop ceding the season to cable. The opening ratings for Dome last Monday qualified as spectacular: more than 13.5 million viewers for the premiere, the biggest audience for a summer drama in more than 20 years. The show added more than three million more viewers when three days of delayed viewing was counted, CBS announced Saturday.
Amazon Prime will be the exclusive online subscription home for CBS’s Under the Dome from Stephen King and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television that will premiere on the network in June.