USA orders second season of 'White Collar'

No details on the episode number, premiere date were given

USA Network's freshman dramedy "White Collar" has been collared for a second season.

The show's creator/executive producer Jeff Eastin tweeted the news Friday evening. "Congratulations to the best cast and crew on television," he wrote.

The pickup was confirmed by USA though no details on the size of the order or the second season's premiere date were provided.

"Jeff Eastin created a show that was both on-brand and that arguably took USA Network to a new level of sophistication," USA's president of original programing Jeff Wachtel said. "After breaking out of the gate so strongly, and with finale ratings that actually exceeded the premiere, 'White Collar' was a lock for a second season."

In the first portion of its freshman season, "White Collar" was a solid performer though not a breakout hit of the caliber of recent additions "Royal Pains" or "Burn Notice."

Still, the show, which got off to a strong start with 5.4 million viewers tuning in for the well-reviewed premiere, boasts a charismatic lead in Matt Bomer as a suave white collar criminal-turned-FBI consultant and began to hit its creative stride towards the end of its initial seven-episode run. That run ended on a high note when the fall finale, which followed the record-breaking "Monk" series finale, hit series highs, averaging 5.55 million viewers.

"White Collar" is slated to return for the rest of its freshman season Jan. 19 when it moves from Fridays to Tuesdays.

Philiana Ng contributed to this report.
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