USA Network has kicked off the renewal of its summer series with a fifth-season pickup of flagship drama Suits for summer 2015. The order is for 16 episodes, matching the current fourth season, whose midseason finale airs next week. Suits averages nearly 4 million viewers and 1.6 million adults 18-49. “Suits continues to fire on all cylinders, delivering provocative storytelling and complex characters that viewers can’t get enough of,” said USA President Chris McCumber. Suits hails from Universal Cable Productions There are two other returning summer series owned by USA that are awaiting renewal, Covert Affairs and veteran Royal Pains, along with sophomore Graceland, from Fox TV Studios. USA’s new dramas, Rush and Satisfaction, have had a slow start, and the network is expected to wait for more time-shifted viewing data before making decisions. Also up in the air is the future of freshman comedy Playing House, which has been a soft ratings performer but has support at the network creatively.
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