Cable Premiere Ratings: How Did White Collar, Justified and Southland Fare?

The ratings for Tuesday night’s three big cable premieres have trickled in, and USA Network’s White Collar perhaps got off to the strongest start.

The “blue sky” procedural’s excellent midseason premiere drew 3.2 million total viewers, with 1.4 mil falling into the coveted 18-to-49 demo. That’s a loss of some eyeballs versus both its summer opener and a tiny dip in the demo, yet it qualified as Tuesday’s No. 1 cable drama. Elizabeth Burke, meanwhile, qualifies as TV’s No. 1 law enforcement wife, amiright?

FX’s Justified targeted 3.1 million total viewers, with 1.3 mil of ’em landing in the 18-to-49 sweet spot. That’s down double digits from the acclaimed drama’s Season 2 premiere, but up 16 and 9 percent versus the sophomore run’s overall average.

TNT’s Southland, meanwhile, copped 1.8 million total viewers, with 783,000 landing in the 18-to-49 demo — down 14 and 11 percent from the show’s Season 3 opener.