are among the most-watched shows on cable this summer, so their pickup for new seasons is basically a no-brainer.
But it's still nice to get the official word that both shows will be back.
The two series, which have helped move USA to the top of the cable ratings heap this summer, will both be back in 2010. The pickup extends "Burn Notice" to a fourth season and "Royal Pains" to a second; both were picked up for 16 more episodes.
"We are thrilled to bring 'Royal Pains' back for a new season," says Jeff Wachtel, USA's head of original programming. "The show's stellar success has earned its prominent residency at USA."
Of "Burn Notice," Wachtel says it's "simply one of the hottest shows in all of television. It continues to excite us with the exceptional writing, acting and direction that has set the TV landscape on fire."
Both shows have been permanent residents of the cable top 10 since their premieres in June and are averaging close to 6 million viewers a week. They've also helped USA claim the No. 1 spot among all cable networks for July.
Elsewhere, TLC has picked up its new series "Cake Boss" for a second season. The "Ace of Cakes"
copycat competitor, which follows baker Buddy Valastro and his staff, is averaging a solid 2.3 million viewers this summer.
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