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Burn Notice quietly catches fire in the ratings

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on August 31, 2009

Cast of Burn Notice

Cast of Burn Notice

Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen

Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen

John Scott Lewinski – TVSquad.com

Lost in all the news of the major networks’ summer decline and the struggles of the pay channels and the ongoing soap operas of the endless reality shows is the news that Burn Notice is very quietly becoming a major ratings player on cable.

What originally looked like a silly, self-referential genre show tucked in after wrestling on the USA Network, Burn Notice is one of the biggest hits on cable. It doesn’t get the critical love of Mad Men, but it has a lot of fans.

According to a USA press release, the show’s August airings are burning down nine million viewers at a pop — making it the period’s most watch scripted episodic on cable.

It’s now USA’s most-watched original series ever with 9.1 million viewers during August episodes — the first time a USA original series has broken the nine million viewers benchmark.

World Wrestling Entertainment’s Monday Night RAW is still the network’s most-watched show, but that’s a two-hour live event — a very different animals. Burn Notice is a scripted hour drama, and it’s bringing in numbers that would rival the major networks hits and humble all of their flops.

It’ll be interesting to see what USA does with its franchise here. It should work well in syndication. But could it make a modest jump to the big screen? A long shot maybe, but so was bringing in nine million viewers.

Gabrielle Anwar as Fiona Glenanne

Gabrielle Anwar as Fiona Glenanne

Burn Notice Crew

Series Make Up Department
  Susie Mendez Pfister … makeup artist (20 episodes, 2007-2009)
  Gianna Sparacino … hair stylist (15 episodes, 2008-2009)
  Malinda Bennett … key makeup artist / assistant makeup artist (11 episodes, 2007)
  Cuqui Collaza … hair stylist (6 episodes, 2007)

Series Special Effects Department
  Craig Barnett … special effects foreman / special effects technician (23 episodes, 2007-2009)
  Kevin Harris … special effects coordinator (14 episodes, 2007-2009)

Series Visual Effects Department
  Jason Wilson … visual effects artist (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
  Michael S. Pryor … visual effects producer: Laser Pacific (2 episodes, 2009)

Bruce Campbell as Sam Axe

Bruce Campbell as Sam Axe

Tricia Helfer as Carla

Tricia Helfer as Carla

Moon Bloodgood as Detective Paxson

Moon Bloodgood as Detective Paxson

Burn Notice Season Two
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