Ratings: White Collar, Covert Affairs Spy Highs; Casey Anthony Special Boosts ABC

USA Network’s red-hot summertime tandem of White Collar and Covert Affairs both his season highs this Tuesday.

White Collar — which arguably served up one of its most entertaining episodes ever (“Deer hunting?” “Fawns — the babies, really”) — delivered 4.2 million total viewers, with 1.7 mil falling within the coveted 18-49 demo. Those tallies represent week-to-week gains of 17 and 13 percent, respectively, and season highs on both counts.

Covert Affairs — which this week gave us a scare that Annie-Auggie might be split up, while introducing a curious Temperance Brennan/Abby Scito/Jessi XX hybrid — then built on its lead-in to draw 4.8 million total viewers, with 1.82 mil landing in the demographic sweet spot. That’s the sophomore spy drama’s best haul of the season, surging 20 percent versus last week.

Meanwhile, on the broadcast networks….

* America’s Got Talent dominated Wednesday night, drawing 12.5 million total viewers and a 3.5 demo rating (down 15 percent week-to-week). Leading out of AGT, NBC’s Love in the Wild (5.9 mil/1.9) dropped 14 percent from its debut.

* After some conspicuous slippage, So You Think You Can Dance rebounded with a 13 percent week-to-week bump in total audience (to 6.3 million viewers) and a 20 percent gain in the demo (2.4). Versus the same night a year ago, the series was up 4 percent.

* ABC’s Casey Anthony: Not Guilty primetime Nightline special lured in 5.4 million viewers (the network’s biggest Wednesdays-at-10 audience in five months) and a 1.3 rating.

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  1. Alex says:

    Glad to hear it. Tuesday’s White Collar was fantastic, hilarious, and awesome. Now if only they’d go back to the previous title sequence…

  2. KBC says:

    Covert Affairs is my summer not-so-guilty pleasure! AND Rizzoli & Isles comes back Monday! Who needs the fall season?

    • Sam says:

      People who have the patience and intelligence for serials, maybe? People who don’t like USA or TNT’s “coloring inside the lines” form of television? People who like half-hour comedies besides the ones on Showtime?

      • Tarc says:

        Obviously you’ve never seen either White Collar or Covert Affairs, particularly if you are lampooning most of the shows on the netorks in the fall and winter. And frankly, who watches the (generally awful) slug of network comedies – yuck and yawn.

      • CJ says:

        I’ll take “White Collar” over ANY of the new shows I’ve read about for the fall season. The chemistry between Neal Caffrey and Peter Burke – and, by extension, between Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay – is unrivaled. And you can have your stupid comedies with the forced laugh tracks. I’ll watch Neal color outside the lines any day.

  3. Joanna says:

    Dear Showtime, can you please have Dexter take care of Casey Anthony?