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FX’s Nip/Tuck Top New Basic Show

The first season of FX’s Nip/Tuck
is in the books, and its performance sliced up all basic-cable original series.

In going head-to-head with game three of the World Series, among other broadcast-network fare, Nip/Tuck
pulled a 2.8 household rating during its first-season finale Oct. 21 to finish its rookie year with a 3.0 mark for premiere episodes, according to Nielsen Media Research data.

FX said that average topped MTV: Music Television’s Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica
, which posted a 2.5 through Oct. 21 (including a 2.6 for its finale the same night and a 3.0 against its 12-to-34 target); USA Network’s Peacemakers
(a 2.4); MTV’s Punk’d
(2.4); and Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
(2.3) as basic cable’s highest-rated new series thus far in 2003.

The plastic-surgeon series also led frosh series among total viewers (3.25 million on average) and adults 18-49 (2.19 million) and 25-54 (2.18 million).

Relative to all original series, Nip/Tuck
finished second on a household basis to USA's Monk
, which averaged a 3.4, according to FX.

It was fourth with total viewers (behind Monk
, The Learning Channel's Trading Spaces
and FX's The Shield
), second to The Shield
(2.21 million) among adults 18-49 and third with adults 25-54 (Trading Spaces
had 2.22 million, ahead of The Shield
2.19 million).