Now we’re awaiting the fate of another metro Atlanta-based TV show: USA’s “Necessary Roughness,” which aired at 10 p.m. Wednesdays over the summer.
Kris Bagwell, who runs EUE Screen Gems where the drama is based, said he is expecting an answer by the end of the week from the network.
The show’s ratings so far in the second season took a major tumble from its first season. It averaged 4.2 million viewers per original showing last year. This year, those numbers dipped to 2.7 million. That’s a hefty and worrisome 36 percent drop, although most fans who did stick with the show agreed it was better than the first year. Eleven episodes aired this summer. Five more episodes are scheduled for this winter.
Its retention out of one of USA’s biggest shows “Royal Pains” at 9 p.m. (which averaged 3.9 million viewers) was a mediocre 69 percent.
Last year, USA renewed “Necessary Roughness” on Sept. 15.
In case you aren’t familiar with the show, Callie Thorne (”Rescue Me”) stars as a psychotherapist who takes care of high-profile celebrities with a special emphasis on the New York Hawks, including a trouble star football player T.K. (Mehcad Brooks) and her love interest and GM Matt Donnally (Marc Blucas).
It was not the best summer for USA compared to its most direct rival, Atlanta-based TNT, which had three new big hits (”Major Crimes,” “Dallas,” “Perception”).
USA has had nine original scripted series on its slate this year. It has renewed “Suits,” “Covert Affairs,” “Royal Pains” and “White Collar.” “Psych” is set to return in Feb., 2013. “Common Law,” a rare dog on the USA slate, was quickly canned after one season. I’m not sure about the future of “Burn Notice” or “Fairly Legal.”
The mini-series “Political Animals” could have turned into a series (like “The Starter Wife”) if it had done well. It didn’t.