USA Renews Fairly Legal (But There's a Catch), Plus Premiere Ratings for L&O: CI, In Plain Sight

USA Network is set to announce at its Monday afternoon upfront presentation that it has renewed the legal dramedy Fairly Legal for a second season, Deadline reports.

“We think there is a creative and audience upside to the show,” USA co-president Jeff Wachtel says of picking up the series, which fought the good fight against considerable Thursday competition. “Not every first season is the best, and we think it is a show that can do better.”

To that end, Deadline hears that “changes in the series’ creative direction” are in the works for Season 2, which will launch its 13-episode order in early 2012.

More good news for USA Network: Law & Order: Criminal Intent returned on Sunday night to an audience of 5.1 million total viewers, up 43 percent from the long-running procedural’s Jeff Goldblum-fronted Season 9 opener.

In turn, In Plain Sight‘s own premiere drew 3.9 million viewers, up a tick from its Season 3 opener, and gained 15 percent in the 18-49 demo. Since Plain Sight‘s performance was impacted by President Obama’s Sunday-night news conference, USA is looking into adding additional broadcasts of the premiere.

Have a question about any USA Network series? Fairly Legal, White Collar, Psych, Covert Affairs, Royal Pains, Burn Notice, L&O: CI or IPS? Email mattmtvguy@gmail.com and I’ll see what I can find out at Monday’s event!