Look for 'Under the Dome' to influence TV future

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Associated Press

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 2 at 4:02 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The CBS drama "Under the Dome" has the potential to be a game-changer for network television.

The Nielsen company says an estimated 13.5 million people watched the debut last week of the summer series based on a town placed under an invisible dome.

That's only the beginning. More than 3 million watched on their DVRs or through on-demand services, and CBS reran the premiere Sunday, which drew another 5.1 million viewers.

A second episode that ran Monday was seen by 11.5 million people.

Numbers like that during the summer are sure to compel a response by other networks, which have already been talking about dramas as a new approach to stem the erosion of viewers.

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