Nip/Tuck season premiere a mixed ratings bag

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FX's Nip/Tuck got off to a good start with its fourth-season premiere Tuesday, drawing 4.8 million total viewers at 10-11:10 p.m.

That was off from the series' 92-minute season-three premiere, which averaged 5.3 million total viewers in September 2005, according to Nielsen Media Research, but up from the first- and second-season premieres of the plastic-surgery drama, which drew 3.7 million and 3.8 million total viewers, respectively.

A repeat airing of the Season 4 debut at 11:10 p.m. drew 1.7 million total viewers.

Among adults 18-49, the 10 p.m. episode delivered 3.4 million viewers, making it the year's top basic-cable season premiere in that demo despite being off from the third-season premiere of 3.7 million adults 18-49.

Nip/Tuck airs in the time slot previously occupied by Rescue Me, which recently ended its third season with 3 million total viewers and 1.9 million adults 18-49.

The Nip/Tuck season-four premiere episode repeats at 11 p.m. Friday and 10 p.m. Sunday.

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