Earlier this summer, USA made what we at the time felt was a pretty curious decision in launching two new dramas in “Rush” as well as “Satisfaction,” while also airing them on the same night back-to-back. This seemed like a questionable move for many reasons, but the primary one was simple: Why not give them a better lead-in?
Well, we are now sitting at the end of the two shows’ first seasons, and wondering if either one of them has much of a future on the network. Neither lit it up in the ratings, and neither drew a whole lot of attention from outside the network.
So why give them as good of a shot of coming back as some of USA’s more-established shows? We attribute it to a number of things.
1. Giving new shows a chance – USA has always been very good about not canceling a first-year series, even those that struggled from the onset to get an audience.
2. Tom Ellis – Seriously. He’s the man. Granted, he’s only on one show, but if there is a potential star that the network believes in, why not give it another chance?
3. Netflix – Due to the way that USA aired the episodes, they already know that the viewers that they have are loyal, and weren’t just watching due to a lead-in. Put the two on Netflix in a few months, and see if you can grow an audience.
Personally, the final reason we’d want to see the two series return is simple: We are big believers that every cable series deserves at least two seasons to work with, unless it is bombing on such a level where it is impossible to salvage. Neither of these shows are there.
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