USA Network has picked up new seasons for its Thursday original drama duo.
The characters channel has ordered a sophomore campaign of Hamptons concierge doctor series Royal Pains, and a fourth campaign of spy show Burn Notice.
With Burn Notice serving as a 9 p.m. lead-in, Royal Pains became a ratings success out of the gate, currently ranking as the top new cable show of 2009 and the leading scripted performer among the advertiser-coveted adults18-to-49 set on cable this year.Overall, Royal Pains has averaged 5.95 million watchers, according to Nielsen Media Research data, including 2.4 million persons 18 to 49 and 2.7 million adults 25 to 54.,
USA officials note that Royal Pains, starring Mark Feuerstein as doctor Hank Lawson, was the only new show in all of television to generate growth from week two to week three over the last five years. Royal Pains is the first original series from Universal Cable Productions for USA.
"We are thrilled to bring Royal Pains back for a new season," said Jeff Wachtel, president, USA original programming & co-head, original programming, Universal Cable Productions, in a statement. "The show's stellar success has earned its prominent residency at USA, where viewers expect high-quality programming and smart, character-driven storytelling."
For its part, Burn Notice, starring Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen, a burned operative who finds himself stuck in Miami, has averaged 5.9 million total viewers in its third season, including 2.7 million adults 25 to 54, and 2.4 million persons 18 to 49 and a household rating of 4.25. The series is from Fox Television Studios and Fuse Entertainment.
On July 23, Burn Notice averaged 6.8 million total viewers -- a series high -- and was the third most-watched original episode ever on USA. The show delivered 4.76 million households, also a series high, and second highest household delivery ever for a USA Network original series
"Burn Notice is simply one of the hottest shows in all of television," said Wachtel. "It continues to excite us with the exceptional writing, acting and direction that has set the TV landscape on fire."