The Starter Wife drew 5.4 million total viewers in its debut last Thursday, ranking as cable's best-performing original scripted-series telecast of the year to date, and USA Network's best launch in the 18-to-49 demo since The 4400. CBS' Pirate Master, meanwhile, placed second (behind 5th Grader) during the 8 o'clock hour, debuting to about seven million viewers - half of Survivor's typical tally, but on par with the Eye's year-ago premiere of Game Show Marathon.