Law & Order: Criminal Intent by Eric Ogden/USA Network Photo Law & Order: Criminal Intent by Eric Ogden/USA Network Photo

The season premiere of the transplanted Law & Order: Criminal Intent delivered 3.8 million total viewers to USA Network and was cable's most-watched entertainment telecast for Thursday, says the Reporter. CI fell shy of the 3.98 mil who caught the debut of time-slot predecessor Burn Notice, yet gave the cabler 98 percent better numbers in the 18-49 category versus a year ago. USA also touts the outing as cable's best-performing Thursday entertainment telecast airing opposite major network programming in two seasons.

L&O: CI last fall premiered to 11.57 mil on NBC, and wrapped that season with a finale audience of 9.25 mil.