The Season 5 premiere of USA Network’s Royal Pains last night was watched by 3.682 million viewers. That’s down from the 3.95 million total viewers who tuned in for the Season 4 debut of the Hamptons-based medical drama back on June 6, 2012. The show was also down among the key demos too. Last night’s Royal Pains drew 901,000 viewers among Adults 18-49, down from the 1.24 million that Season 4′s opener garnered. The show pulled in 1.07 million viewers from the Adults 25-54 demo. That was down from the 1.44 million that its Season 4 debut had. Having said that, last night’s debut was the top show in basic cable in overall viewership. Besides returning for another cycle, last night also saw Frances Conroy join stars Mark Feuerstein and Paulo Costanzo in the cast of Royal Pains as a suspicious socialite. Royal Pains was renewed for a sixth season last September. The series’ executive producers and showrunners Andrew Lenchewski and Michael Rauch recently renewed their individual overall deals with Universal Cable Prods and have set up new projects at USA.
Following Royal Pains at 10:01 PM, Necessary Roughness was back for a third season with 2.610 million tuning in. That’s down from the 3.015 million viewers that the Season 2 premiere received on June 6, 2012. The sports therapist drama was also down among key demos from its second season starter. Necessary Roughness got 904,000 viewers last night among Adults 25-54 compared to 999,999 for last season’s debut. The series also pulled in 817,000 viewers among Adults 18-49 down from the 1.001 million it got for its Season 2 debut. This decline comes despite the revamp that Necessary Roughness underwent between seasons, bringing on John Stamos and David Anders for major recurring roles. The show also added Karissa Lee Staples as a regular.
Both Royal Pains and Necessary Roughness were the two top original shows on basic cable in the key demos and USA was tops for the night.
UPDATE: Incorrect Season 2 data for Necessary Roughness was obtained for an earlier version of this story. The correct results have now been placed in the story.
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