Royal Pains follows the continuing adventures of a former ER doctor (Mark Feuerstein) from New York who, along with his younger brother (Paulo Costanzo), runs a concierge doctor business in The Hamptons. The show’s cast includes Reshma Shetty, Brooke D’Orsay, Campbell Scott, and Ben Shenkman.
Like the rest of USA’s TV shows, Royal Pains was way down in the ratings this season. The 13 installments of season six averaged 2.02 million viewers with a 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Compared to season five, it was down by 43% in viewers and 35% in the demo.
Still, with little success in launching new programming and White Collar ending soon, a renewal for Royal Pains makes sense. Unless the ratings improve, it seems likely that Royal Pains will be ending with season eight.
There will be just eight episodes per season for years seven and eight and they’re likley to be spread across two summers. The order will see Royal Pains hit the 100th episode mark in season eight, more than enough installments for a healthy syndication package.
What do you think? Do you like Royal Pains on USA? Do you think it’s time for the show to end?