Nip/Tuck Finale a Ratings ‘Carver’

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FX sliced up a slew of ratings marks with the third-season finale of Nip/Tuck Tuesday night.

The two-hour concluder, premiering at 10 p.m. (EST) Dec. 20, attracted 5.7 million total viewers, the most ever for an original series on the network, according to FX officials. With an encore immediately following, FX racked up 7.3 total viewers for the plastic-surgeon series on the night

Moreover, the two-hour show -- in which the identity of serial slasher “The Carver” was revealed -- garnered 3.9 million of the advertiser-preferred adult 18-49 set, making it tops among all basic and pay cable shows with the demo in 2005.

Over the course of its 14-week, 15-hour run, Nip/Tuck’s third season again set the pace as the top series in all of cable against adults 18-49, with 2.7 million of those viewers tuning in on average.

Perhaps in keeping with the series’ ongoing duality (as it turns out, The Carver was actually a sister/brother team), Nip/Tuck, relative to episode premieres, was tied with MTV: Music Television’s Laguna Beach as the most popular show on cable among women 18-49 with 1.5 million of those watchers on average, and it shared the top spot with FX’s The Shield among men 18-49, with 1.2 million of those viewers.

The show -- trailing Turner Network Television’s The Closer (5.4 million) and USA Network’s Monk (5.1 million) -- was tied with USA’s The 4400 as the third-rated series among total viewers, with an average of 3.9 million.

Despite moving from its previous summer positioning and airing against the teeth of the broadcast season, Nip/Tuck improved its total-viewer and adult 18-49 numbers by 100,000 in each measure during its third season versus its prior year.

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