The third-season finale of Nip/Tuck carved out record ratings for FX on Tuesday.
The two-hour episode, which aired at 10 p.m., drew 5.7 million total viewers, making it the most-watched episode ever of any FX original series. The finale revealed the identity of the Carver, a masked serial slasher whose identity was under wraps the entire season.
Nip/Tuck also drew 3.9 million in the 18-49 demographic; no other cable series has generated that large an audience this year. The haul also enabled Nip/Tuck to rank as the number one original cable series in the demo.
The episode also repeated strongly at midnight, bringing in a cumulative audience of 7.3 million on the night.
Despite switching its scheduled run from the summer--where it spent the past two seasons--to the more competitive fall period, Nip/Tuck managed to best its season averages in total viewers (3.9 million) and 18-49 (2.7 million) by 100,000 viewers in both categories over last year.