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'Nip/Tuck' Finale Carves Out Ratings Records for FX

(Posted December 23, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

The season finale of "Nip/Tuck," which saw the Carver finally take off his mask, brought in record numbers of viewers for FX.

An average of 5.7 million viewers watched the two-hour finale, in which it was revealed that Dr. Quentin Costa (Bruno Campos) did most of the Carver's work, with an assist from his sister, Kit (Rhona Mitra). That makes it the most-watched episode of an original series in FX's history, passing the 5.2 million people who tuned into last season's finale.

About 3.9 million of those viewers were adults 18-49, making the finale the No. 1 episode among the key advertising demographic of any cable series in 2005. It's also the largest demographic number for any single telecast in the network's history.

"FX took a huge risk moving 'Nip/Tuck,' our most popular series, against the full barrage of fall network competition," says John Landgraf, president of FX. "Once again, [the cast and crew] were more than up to the task -- we couldn't be more proud of 'Nip/Tuck's' extraordinary originality and success. We're also grateful to the fans of this show, whose passion is arguably unmatched relative to any other show on basic cable."

For the season, "Nip/Tuck" averaged 3.9 million viewers per week, tying for third among basic-cable original series with USA's "The 4400." TNT's "The Closer" (5.4 million viewers) and USA's "Monk" (5.1 million) finished ahead of it.

The show leads the adults 18-49 rankings, however, drawing an average of 2.7 million of those viewers per week. MTV's "The Real World" was second with 2.1 million.

Source: Zap2it

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