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From Variety:
According to Nielsen nationals, "Burn Notice" averaged a hot 1.8 rating/6 share among adults 18-49 and 5.39 million viewers overall, a 20% gain in the demo and a 35% improvement in overall audience vs. its series debut of last summer.

"Burn" helped USA rank No. 2 in its 10 o'clock hour in key demos, besting CBS drama "Swingtown" (1.7/5 in 18-49, 5.28m) and ABC hospital news series "Hopkins" (1.5/5, 5.49m) and lagging only NBC's concluding hour of "Last Comic Standing" (2.1/7 in 18-49, 5.08m from 9 to 11 p.m.).
 

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Not really a surprise... good programming is good programming. It also helps that there is nothing but reruns and crap on the major networks this time of year. My DVR's think they are on vacation!!

Seriously, if you look at Burn Notice, The Closer, Saving Grace, Eureka, and other cable based shows there is a definite trend here, but they are also just good shows.

There is one side problem here though, and that is the inability to purchase as many episodes as the networks makes their seasons shorter and their absence more noticeable.
 

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Not really a surprise... good programming is good programming. It also helps that there is nothing but reruns and crap on the major networks this time of year. My DVR's think they are on vacation!!
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I have one DVR (of 4) that hasn't recorded anything in a couple of months.
Seriously, if you look at Burn Notice, The Closer, Saving Grace, Eureka, and other cable based shows there is a definite trend here, but they are also just good shows.
Agree. It's sad that NBC uses reruns of Monk to fill because they have nothing to offer.
There is one side problem here though, and that is the inability to purchase as many episodes as the networks makes their seasons shorter and their absence more noticeable.
The way things have been going on some of the networks, I'd rather watch a shorter full season of The Closer than five episodes of something I think has potential only to have the network pull it because it doesn't attract viewers away from American Idol. Over the past three years there have been too many shows cancelled that had higher ratings than Burn Notice. I don't know why the producers and creators don't budget a show for cable. If a broadcast network wants it, great, make them buy 52 episodes for the cable price per episode and retain the DVD rights.
 

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I have to say that I watched a couple of Burn Notices and I didn't think it was worthy of recording anymore. Poor casting always screws up a good idea. And for a change, my wife agreed with me.

The rest of FX's series I record and watch faithfully. I think Rescue Me is one of the best series on TV.

Rich
 
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