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USA Dumps "The Starter Wife'"

Feb. 13 2009, Published 7:19 a.m. ET

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(Photo: Splash Photo Agency) USA Network has dumped The Starter Wife.

When The Starter Wife premiered in 2007 as a six-hour miniseries starring Debra Messing, it attracted more than 5 million viewers and went on to earn 10 Emmy nominations. However, ratings for its 10-episode first season averaged just 2.4 million viewers -- a decent number by most cable standards, but not for USA, where its top shows (Burn Notice, Monk) regularly pull in around 6 million.

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In an exclusive statement to EW.com, USA called Starter Wife a "critical and creative success," and added that the Dec. 12 season finale served as a "satisfying conclusion" to the franchise.

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