'Under the Dome' sets summer ratings records

4:37 PM, Jun 25, 2013   |    comments
Dean Norris stars as power-hungry Chester's Mill resident "Big Jim" Rennie in 'Under the Dome,' which scored a big 13.1 million viewers for Monday's premiere. (Photo: Michael Tackett, CBS)
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(USA TODAY) Under the Dome scored over-the-top ratings.

Monday's premiere of CBS's 13-episode summer drama averaged 13.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen estimates. That makes it the network's biggest summer start since Big Brother bowed in 2000, and the most-watched summer drama opener on any network since 1992.

It's also this TV season's second-biggest premiere of a new show among young-adult viewers, behind only Fox's The Following, which arrived in January, when TV usage is higher.

Dome, based on Stephen King's 2009 novel, is about a small New England town suddenly covered by a giant, um, dome. King consulted on the project, which was produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television and CBS Studios.

Gary Levin, USA TODAY

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