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“Catfish” Ratings Improve Again, Decent “Suits” Return

How viewers will respond now that MTV’s “Catfish” finally provided a happy ending remains to be seen, but Tuesday’s special episode, in which potential perpetrator Derek proved to be everything he said he was, continued the show’s recovery from a recent series low.

Followed by a live after-show that drew a healthy 0.8 rating and 1.52 million viewers, the “Lauren and Derek” edition of “Catfish” posted a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating with 2.37 million viewers.  Marking a second straight week of increased ratings, the numbers rank as the best for an original cable telecast Tuesday.

Only two Adult Swim re-airings of “Family Guy” performed better.

— USA, meanwhile, entered the Tuesday race with its new pairing of “Covert Affairs” and “Suits.”  While “Affairs” stumbled with just a 0.6 rating and 2.39 million viewers at 9PM, “Suits” premiered season three to a solid 1.1 rating and 2.93 million viewers in its new time slow.

Below its peak levels and proof that any potential it showed of being a legitimate phenomenon has departed, “Suits” nonetheless deserves credit for building on its season two finale numbers on a new night against special competition from the MLB All-Star Game.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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