The season finale for BURN NOTICE set a new record in P25-54 with 3.5 million viewers, in P18-49 with 2.8 million viewers and in total viewers with 7.6 million. (It was also the #1 show of the day in all three demos.) BURN NOTICE was the top scripted show on all of TV for P18-49 and P25-54, and the #2 show among all programs on TV with P25-54 and P18-34 (behind only the “So You Think You Can Dance” finale) and #3 in P18-49 (behind that and “Big Brother”). It was also #1 show, ahead of all broadcast, in M25-54, M18-49, M18-34 and M2+.
This episode of BURN NOTICE is the top scripted series on cable (basic or pay) for the summer (to date) in total viewers beating TNT’s “The Closer” from 7/27.
USA’s newest original series ROYAL PAINS also hit series highs last night in P25-54 with 3 million viewers and in total viewers with 6.7 million viewers. (It was the #2 show of the day in both demos and in P18-49.) ROYAL PAINS topped all scripted shows on broadcast in P18-49, P25-54 and P18-34. Additionally, ROYAL PAINS beat all broadcast scripted programming in M25-54, M18-49, M18-34 and M2+.
USA was the #1 network in Primetime on cable, averaging over 2 million for both P18-49 and P25-54 (no other network was over 1 million). USA also topped ABC and NBC for P18-49 and P25-54, and topped all but Fox in P18-34.
On LS basis, the BURN NOTICE finale is now the #1 series telecast of all time for USA Network, beating the series premiere of THE 4400. This was also USA’s best Thursday Prime ever in total viewers (6.2 million) and P25-54 (2.7 million). This was also the best Prime in total viewers and P25-54 for any day since Sat 7/15/06 (when USA’s premiered “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”).
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