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The Shield has arresting debut

FX's gritty cop drama, The Shield, burst on the
scene Tuesday night with a 4.1 overnight Nielsen Media Research rating for its

The debut episode repeated again at 11 p.m., when it earned a 1.3 rating.

Among key demos, the much-hyped original scored well among men 18 through 49.

The strong ratings helped FX to harvest a 3.2 overnight
rating in prime time Tuesday.