USA Network’s new bad-boy doctor drama Rush premiered to 1.7 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating — or about half of what the cabler’s previous drama debut, Graceland, did a year ago (3.3 mil/0.8) on a Thursday night, and opposite the NBA Finals.
Come 10 pm, Satisfaction‘s series premiere drew a similar 1.7 mil and a 0.5. (Demo ratings courtesy of the good folks at TV By the Numbers.)
USA’s second-most recent drama launch, Common Law (wow, remember that one?), premiered to 2.5 mil and a 0.7 (on a Friday in March 2012).
Over on FX Thursday night, the new comedies Married and You’re the Worst bowed to 1.1 mil/0.6 and 770K/0.4, respectively, versus Saint George‘s March launch of 1.2 mil/0.4. (Rewinding back two years, Anger Management famously opened to 5.6 mil and a 2.2. But that sitcom had a certain… buzz.)