CBS' big summer series "Under the Dome" opened its second season well ahead of its competition Monday night, despite falling significantly from last year.
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In both measures, it was broadcast's highest-rated scripted summer telecast so far.
The introduction of the show last year, about a town trapped under a mysterious dome, delivered unusually strong numbers for a summer drama, though critics have begun to question the creative direction. Last year's series premiere earned a 3.3 in 18-to-49, with the season at 2.8 (in that key young-adults demographic, a ratings point equals about 1.3 million viewers).