‘White Collar’ sees lower returns in season relaunch

USA Network's dramedy draws 2.77 million as series returns to air

USA Network’s “White Collar” returned for the second half of its fourth season Tuesday, down from the season premiere.

Episode drew 2.77 million viewers in the 10 p.m. timeslot. That was off from the 3.2 million who tuned in to the season debut in July and the season-three finale of 3.2 million last January. It was also off about 700,000 from the final episode of the first half of season four that aired Sept. 18.

As has been the case recently, the telecast followed a “Law & Order: SVU” lead-in.

Show, about an ex-con who works to help solve crimes, stars Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay and Tiffani Thiessen.

“White Collar” exec producer and creator Jeff Eastin is ready to launch his new series “Graceleand” later this year for USA.