June 08, 2011 1:16pm PT by Philiana Ng
'White Collar,' 'Covert Affairs' Return Strong for USA
USA continues on its strong summer run.
White Collar and Covert Affairs returned last night and their season premieres were the most-watched on cable Tuesday.
At 9 p.m., the third season opener of White Collar drew 4 million total viewers, improving upon the Season 2 winter premiere in January. In the adult demographics, the Matt Bomer-Tim DeKay series performed well; in 18-49, 1.6 million tuned in and in 25-54, 1.7 million were lured.
At 10 p.m., the Piper Perabo-led Covert Affairs retained 93 percent of last sumer's series debut, delivering 4.6 million viewers. In the demos, Affairs drew 1.9 million in 24-54 and 1.6 million in the key 18-49.
In early May, Law & Order: Criminal Intent launched its 11th season up an astounding 43 percent in viewership and In Plain Sight had a steady Season 4 opener.
Next on USA's list, the return of veteran drama Burn Notice and the series debut of Suits.