USA just wrapped up a stellar summer that saw the cable network beat all of its competitors in the ratings for a sixth straight season. Now they've added to their list of original series-renewals with 16-episode orders of "Necessary Roughness", "Covert Affairs" and "Royal Pains" - meaning that seven of their eight summer shows have been picked up for another season ("Law & Order: Criminal Intent" ended its run this summer after ten years on the air).
As noted by Deadline, that counts as the highest number of original series ever renewed by a cable network in a single season.
This was the freshman season for "Necessary Roughness", the second for "Covert Affairs" and the third for "Royal Pains". All three received 16-episode renewals.
"Covert Affairs", starring Piper Perabo as a young CIA trainee working with the Domestic Protection Division, will air six new episodes (the second half of season two) beginning November 1st.