'White Collar,' 'Covert Affairs' Return Strong for USA

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"White Collar"

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.

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