The ratings are in, and while Under the Dome's Season 2 premiere performed well, it's still down a bit from the series premiere last summer. While it came close to a series low, the "Heads will Roll" episode of Under the Dome did manage to beat out other network TV competition last night, including 24: Live Another Day, which offered an equally bloody installment by comparison to Under the Dome's Season 2 opener.
In fact, episode to episode, I think 24's body count comes out on top, but let's focus on the viewers here. THR says Under the Dome's 10:00 p.m. broadcast averaged a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 9.4 million viewers. That's not bad, but it's down from last season premiere's 3.3 rating. On the bright side, as mentioned, the CBS drama beat out some of the shows airing on other networks, including Fox's MasterChef (1.9 rating), 24: Live Another Day (1.5 rating among adults), and The Bachelorette (1.5).
NBC's Universal Studios special focusing on the making of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter's new Diagon Alley attraction Harry Potter: the Making of Diagon Alley brought in a meager. .8 rating. It seems unlikely the ratings reflect actual interest in the theme park's new addition. (We'd much rather be in Diagon Alley than stuck under a dome.)
Speaking of Under the Dome, here's where we get to the spoiler part of this article, so if you haven't seen the Season 2 premiere, read no further!
Last night's Under the Dome offered some pretty major twists, including one deceased characters' return -- kind of -- and one confirmed death, with another major one strongly implied. Jolene Purdy's murdered character Dodee returned to haunt Jim while he was trying to hide in his bunker. Meanwhile, this unfortunately happened to Linda when the Dome got magnetized...
RIP Linda, who was last scene haunting it up, so maybe we'll see her pop up again in the future. The same might be said for Angie, who was last seen possibly being slashed in the final moments of the episode...
Is she actually dead? Would they kill off two of the female leads in the same episode? I think they would. But we'll have to wait and see what kind of aftermath there is after this bizarre and bloody incident!
Under the Dome airs Monday at 10:00 p.m. ET on CBS.