LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The summer’s hottest cable series will be back. Sources said that USA Network has renewed its flagship action drama, “Burn Notice,” and breakout freshman hit “Royal Pains.”
The pickups come amid another sizzling summer for the basic cable network, which is wrapping up July as cable’s most-watched network, finishing first in the second-quarter ratings race.
The Thursday combo of “Burn” and “Pains” has been the main driver of USA’s ratings surge, with all fresh episodes of the series landing in the top 20 programs on ad-supported cable for the month.
On July 9, new episodes of “Burn” and “Pains” drew 7.1 million and 7.3 million viewers, respectively.
“Burn,” starring Jeffrey Donovan, is being picked up for a fourth season. The show it helped launch, the Mark Feuerstein-starring medical soap “Pains,” is being renewed.
Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters