It’s also slightly better than USA did about a year ago last summer with launches of Rush and Satisfaction. Those two series opened with 2.24 million and 2.29 million viewers, respectively, in L+3 stats. Rush launched July 17 at 9 PM and Satisfaction at 10 PM.
Complications also performed slightly better in demos. Among viewers 25-54, it scored 932,000 viewers to Rush’s 794,000 and Satisfaction’s 902,000.That said, in demo ratings, Complications’ 0.8 is on par with Satisfaction’s opening stat, edging out Rush’s 0.7.
Among 18-49, Complications copped 821,000 viewers to Rush’s 669,000 and Satisfaction’s 795,000. Same story as above in demo ratings, with Complications’ 0.6 tying Satisfaction’s 0.6 and besting Rush’s 0.5.
Both of those 2014 debuters were considered to have gotten off to soft starts, opening to 1.7 million total viewers in Live+Same Day ratings, as well as a 0.5 adults 18-49 rating (Satisfaction) and 0.4 (Rush) in July.
In L+SD, the series performed similarly, with a slight edge for Rush — Satisfaction averaged 1.4 million viewers and 0.4 in 18-49 and Rush 1.7 million viewers and a 0.4. By October, USA had renewed Satisfaction, from Universal Cable Prods., and canceled Rush, from Fox 21. Factoring in USA’s decision to renew Satisfaction was the size of the two show’s L7 lifts. On average, Satisfaction‘s DVR gains were bigger, and USA saw growth potential in the show it also owned, leading to renewal.
Complications stars Jason O’Mara as John Ellison, a disillusioned suburban ER doctor who finds his existence transformed when he intervenes in a drive-by shooting, saving a young boy’s life and killing one of his attackers. Exec producer Matt Nix has said the show grew out of an incredibly stupid thing he did about a decade ago while living in a dicey neighborhood in pre-gentrification Echo Park.