USA Network is 1-2 with its new drama series so far this year. The NBCUniversal cabler has given a second-season order to relationship drama “Satisfaction” and it has pulled the plug on medical drama “Rush.”
“Satisfaction,” from Universal Cable Prods. and creator Sean Jablonski, generated some critical buzz in its portrayal of a modern relationship and a couple who make unconventional choices to keep their marriage intact. Matt Passmore and Stephanie Szostak star.
“Satisfaction” wrapped its 10-episode first season on Sept. 18. The show averaged about 2.2 million viewers across all airings in Live Plus 7 ratings. That’s modest by the standards of USA’s top series, but what sealed the renewal for “Satisfaction” was the strong lift that it delivered in its L7 ratings. Such movement is a evidence that viewers are seeking it out after the initial airing.
“Rush,” which starred Tom Ellis as an unconventional doctor, did not have as much traction with critics or in the L7 race. The series came from 20th Century Fox TV’s Fox 21 banner.
USA Network prexy Chris McCumber credited “Satisfaction” with “sparking a cultural conversation about modern love and marriage.” Jeff Wachtel, prez and chief content officer for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, praised Jablonski and the stars for delivering “a fascinating storytelling journey that our studio is excited to continue bringing to life.”
USA has yet to announce renewal decisions for three other drama series: “Graceland,” “Royal Pains” and “Covert Affairs.” Also awaiting a decision is its fate is femme buddy comedy “Playing House.”