under the dome posterRatings are good, and CBS’s new summertime strategy of investing in scripted seems to be paying off. After years of broadcast television’s dumping of this kind of ‘pricey programming’ in favor of cheaply produced reality content, the free-to-air network is finally seeing dividends with an early return to mainstream programming.

That is exactly why we report today’s news, an announcement from The Eye that they have gone ahead and renewed Under the Dome for a second season to premiere in Summer 2014. The series’ sophomore run will be 13 episodes in length, matching the show’s current run, and will feature a premiere episode written by Stephen King himself. King’s continued endorsement is incredibly exciting to see as it is well known at this point that the television show has changed quite a few things in order to run as a series.

Press Release:

UNDER THE DOME” RENEWED FOR SUMMER 2014

Television’s #1 Summer Series to Return with 13 New Episodes

Stephen King to Write the Premiere Episode for Season 2

UNDER THE DOME, television’s #1 summer series in viewers and key demographics, will return in summer 2014 with 13 new episodes, it was announced today by Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment.

Stephen King, whose bestselling novel is the basis for the series, will write the premiere episode of the second season.

“We’re excited to tell more stories about the mystery of the dome and the secrets in Chester’s Mill, and are thrilled to have the master storyteller himself, Stephen King, tell the first one of next season,” said CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler.

UNDER THE DOME is a serialized drama from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel of the same name. It tells the story of a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The town’s inhabitants must deal with surviving the post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers to what this barrier is, where it came from, and if and when it will go away.

UNDER THE DOME is averaging 13.84 million viewers, 3.5/10 in adults 18-49 and 4.8/12 in adults 25-54. In addition to impressive live plus same day ratings on CBS, the series has also seen significant additional viewing on DVR playback, video-on-demand and online streaming – including Amazon’s Prime Instant Video, which provides exclusive online subscription streaming four days after the broadcast on CBS.  Amazon says that since the show’s launch, UNDER THE DOME has been watched by more customers than any other series on the service.