Underwhelming Burn Notice Season 4 Premiere Delivers Overwhelming Ratings

I will admit, as much of a fan as I am of the USA Network’s “Burn Notice”, the Season 4 premiere last week left me a little … bleh. Maybe it’s just me, but I was expecting more of a game changer of a premiere after last year’s season finale, which found leading man Michael Weston (Jeffrey Donovan) being walked through a black site detainment facility with a hoodie over his head. Oh sure, the “library” that he finds himself in towards the end of the episode (and where the Season 4 premiere picks right up at) left me perplexed, but I had assumed it was just some mind game by his captors.

Turns out, not so much. It’s just more of “Management” trying to convince him to work for them. Eh. Then, before the first act is even over, Michael’s back in Miami doing what he’s been doing for the last four years. I had expected just a little bit … more.

Anyways, disappointing or not, the ratings for the Season 4 premiere was aces, giving the show its best numbers since the Season 3 premiere. Ratings for the Season 4 debut was up 24% percent from Season 3′s, giving the cable network 6.62 million viewers. More numbers stuff from MultiChannel:

Relative to demos, Burn Notice scored with 2.58 million persons 18 to 49, 2% gains over its mid-season bow in January and its third-season debut last in 2009. It notched 2.93 million adults 25 to 54, 24% and 10% more than the aforementioned installments, respectively. The June 3 telecast garnered 1.19 million 18-to-34 watchers, the show’s third-best performance ever with that set, according to officials at the characters network.

So was it just me who was expecting a little bit more? “Burn Notice” has a major fanbase, so there’s no need to keep going back to the status quo. I really do hope the show grows this year, because it’s starting to get a little stale with the usual formula.

As regular readers of the site knows, I’ve been a big fan of the show since the very beginning, and I’m certainly not going to ditch it now. But come on now, “Burn Notice” creators, it’s time to take some chances, huh?



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  • JT

    I agree. Loved the final scene when he realized he burned another spy, how easy it was to do, and now he's that guy. But the victim of the week/argument with Fi of the week is stale by now. Kills the momentum dead. I'm ready for a little more intrigue and a little less formula.

  • Massfan

    And I completely disagree. Loved the whole thing. What premiere were you watching?

  • kate

    It was implied that Management brought Michael Westen in. So, it is expected that Management or one of his staff would be talking to Michael in the library. There's no surprise there. The case-of-the-week formula still works, thus stretching out the main storyline for entire season. Nothing wrong with the season 4 premiere. And the ending was indeed an unexpected twist. :-)

  • Massfan

    And I completely disagree. Loved the whole thing. What premiere were you watching?

  • kate

    It was implied that Management brought Michael Westen in. So, it is expected that Management or one of his staff would be talking to Michael in the library. There's no surprise there. The case-of-the-week formula still works, thus stretching out the main storyline for entire season. Nothing wrong with the season 4 premiere. And the ending was indeed an unexpected twist. :-)