Nurse Jackie coming back for more

Well that didn't take long. Just two days after Showtime's highly touted Nurse Jackie debuted, the network wasted little time in ordering a second round. Nurse Jackie has been picked up for 13 more episodes, says Variety.

The dramedy stars Edie Falco (The Sopranos) as a hard-nosed nurse who battles the limitations of the healthcare system and the hotshot doctors she works with by taking an unconventional approach towards nursing. Nurse Jackie isn't afraid to go the dark comedy route, with the titular character snorting pain meds and going for the occasional quickie with another staff member in between seeing patients.

The quick renewal was a response to the program's stellar debut. Showtime says a combined 1.35 million viewers tuned in to the premiere and its encore, making it the network's most-watched series debut ever. By contrast, the fifth-season premiere of the well-established Weeds, which served as Jackie's lead-in, was watched by 1.22 million viewers (encore stats weren't disclosed).

Making these numbers even more impressive is the fact that each episode was streamed in advance for free across several popular Web sites, including TV.com (pilot episode still available for viewing!)--rather than hurt viewer numbers, it seems this only helped increase word-of-mouth buzz.

We think Falco is fantastic as Jackie. What did you think of the show?

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