After three seasons of uneven storytelling and contrived twists, CBS is pulling the plug on the Stephen King-inspired sci-fi drama Under the Dome.
The upcoming Season 3 finale, set to air Sept. 10, will serve as a series ender. Though the move seems a bit abrupt, the episode’s logline promises the dome will come down and “questions about its origins and power will be answered,” so it sounds like this episode could at least serve as an organic stopping point for a show that has been bleeding viewers almost as fast as believable stories the past two seasons.
In a statement, Nina Tassler, chairman of CBS Entertainment, likened the series to a pivotal but transitional product in the network’s stable — helping open the door for newer “event series” genre shows that are doing better in the ratings (and with critics):
“Two years ago, Under the Dome broke new ground in the summer and became an instant hit on CBS, as well as with viewers around the world. Dome’s event storytelling and multi-platform business model paved the way for more original summer programming with the successful rollouts of Extant and Zoo. We’re excited to present the final chapter in Chester’s Mill as the story comes full circle, with the Dome coming down as dramatically as it went up.”
As TV Line notes, the most recent episode drew 4.6 million viewers, with a 0.9 demo rating, which is just above the recent series lows. In comparison to the show’s buzzy premiere, which connected in 2013 with 13.5 million viewers, those numbers are positively dreadful. The hemorrhaging started in Season 2, which is also when the stories started getting worse, and the show has continued to shed viewers throughout its third season. It’s always a shame to see a drama series bite the dust, but this truly felt like one in desperate need of a story to tell.
Are you sad to see the dome come down, or do you believe the end is long overdue?
(Via TV Line)