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Usa Renews Psych And Burn Notice

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USA Network wants more "Burn Notice" and "Psych."

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The cable channel has renewed both series, giving "Burn" a third-season pickup and "Psych" a Season 4 green light. Each show has received a 16-episode order.

In announcing the pickup, USA cited each show's performance in the key adults 18-49 demo over the summer. "Burn" averaged 2.8 million viewers in the demo, while "Psych" pullled in a 2.2 million average.

In addition, "Burn's" second season improved on its first by 19% in 18-49, 20% in 25-54 and 23% in total viewers and also beat broadcast competition from ABC and CBS in key demos in its 10 p.m. Thursday slot.

"Psych," meanwhile, averaged 2.5 million in in 25-54 (up 8% from third-quarter 2007), 2.2 million in 18-49 (up 5%) and 5.2 million total viewers (up 10%).

"Burn," from Fox TV Studios and Fuse Entertainment, stars Jeffrey Donovan a burned spy operative who finds himself stuck in the tropical paradise of Miami. The series also stars Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell and Sharon Gless. Matt Nix created the show and exec produces with Mikkel Bondesen.

"Psych," from Universal Cable Prods. and Tagline Pictures, stars James Roday as a police consultant who solves crimes with powers of observation so acute the precinct detectives think he's psychic -- at least that's what he lets them believe. The series also stars Dule Hill, Corbin Bernsen, Maggie Lawson, Timothy Omundson and Kirsten Nelson. Steve Franks, Kelly Kulchack, Chris Henze and Mel Damski are exec producers.

" 'Burn Notice' and 'Psych' are key components of USA's success story," said Jeff Wachtel, executive vp original programming at USA and co-head of original content at Universal Cable Prods. " 'Psych' has some of the best young demos the network has ever seen and continues to surprise audiences with entertaining story lines. 'Burn Notice' caught fire right out of the box and just keeps growing."

Source: HollywoodReporter.com

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