Great news for Burn Notice
by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 10th 2009 3:02PM
A lot of times, the news about ratings isn't good. Or not good enough, so shows that you care about have to hope for the kindness of TV executives to give that show more time to improve or find a new time slot or something ... just to survive. That's why it's such a pleasure that Burn Notice did great in the ratings for the summer season finale last Thursday. According to the numbers, 7.6 million total viewers were glued to the set, the most eyeballs for any scripted TV shows that night.
Building on the already strong viewership, Burn Notice delivered a superb episode for the finale, one that I've already raved about. What's always frustrating, though, is that in a similar way, I was also thrilled with the Chuck season finale last spring.
However, because of the way NBC operates -- as opposed to USA -- Chuck is treated like a second class show, barely renewed and relegated to sitting on the shelf till spring 2010. Is there really any TV fan who feels confident in the way the big three (and Fox) handle their scripted shows?
That's probably why I'm finding more stability -- and satisfaction -- in my cable TV viewing these days. Burn Notice has already been renewed for a fourth season, even before these big Nielsen numbers. Other off network shows like Royal Pains, In Plain Sight, Eureka and Army Wives, not to mention shows like Mad Men and Breaking Bad, are just better bets for television fans.