[09/07/06 - 09:14 PM]
Season Four Premiere of Nip/Tuck Sews Up Huge Ratings
The show's fourth season premiere delivered 4.8 million total viewers, a 25% bump from its season three average.

[via press release from FX]


FX�s Hit Series Picks Up Where It Left Off: Basic Cable�s #1 Show in Delivery of Adults 18-491

Season Premiere Draws 4.8 Million Total Viewers and 3.4 Million Adults 18-49 +25% in Total Viewers and +26% in Adults 18-49 Versus Season Three Average

Ranks as the #1 Rated Basic Cable Season Premiere Among A18-49 of 2006

Tuesday�s Premiere (10 PM) and Encore (11:10 PM) of Nip/Tuck Combine to Deliver 6.5 Million Total Viewers and 4.6 Million Adults 18-49

FX To Air Repeats of Premiere Episode on Friday at 11 PM and Sunday at 10 PM

LOS ANGELES, September 7, 2006 � Tuesday night�s season four premiere episode (10-11:10 PM) of FX�s award-winning hit series Nip/Tuck picked up right where it left off last season: basic cable�s #1 ranked series in delivery of Adults 18-49.

The fourth season got off to a terrific start by delivering 4.8 million total viewers and 3.4 million Adults 18-49, which mark increases of +25% in total viewers and +26% among Adults 18-49 versus season three averages.

The delivery of 3.4 million Adults 18-49 for Tuesday�s season four premiere of Nip/Tuck ranks as basic cable�s #1 rated season premiere in that demo for 2006, and also ranks #1 (tie) in delivery of Adults 18-34 among basic cable season premieres in 2006. In 2006, FX now has four of the top eight season premieres in delivery of Adults 18-49 (Nip/Tuck, #1, 3.4 million; Black. White., #2, 2.8 million; The Shield, #6tie, 2.3 million; and Rescue Me, #8, 2.2 million).

It ranks as the fourth highest delivery of Adults 18-49 for an episode of series television on FX, just behind Nip/Tuck�s third season finale (3.9 million), its season three premiere (3.7 million) and its second season finale (3.6 million). Nip/Tuck�s delivery of 4.8 million total viewers ties with the series premiere of The Shield for the fourth most-watched episode of a series on FX.

FX has ordered 15 episodes for season four, with a brand new episodes airing every Tuesday at 10 PM through December 12. FX will repeat each episode Tuesdays at 11 PM, Fridays at 11 PM and Sundays at 10 PM.

Nip/Tuck moved into the time slot previously occupied Rescue Me, which recently closed out its third season on a high note by registering increases of +7% in total viewers (3.0 million) and +6% among Adults 18-49 (1.9 million) for its complete third season. Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me and The Shield continue rank among the top ten basic cable series in delivery of Adults 18-49.

Other ratings notes for Tuesday�s fourth season premiere are:

3.9 household rating +21 % vs. season three average

Individual market increases vs. season three average with household rating in parenthesis include Seattle +85% (8.6); Las Vegas +92% (8.1); Miami +35% (7.2); San Francisco +63% (6.9); Atlanta +29% (6.8); Cincinnati +83% (6.8); Kansas City +96% (6.1); Oklahoma City +49% (5.8); Louisville +56% (5.7); Sacramento +46% (5.5); Baltimore +25% (5.4); Buffalo +40% (5.3); Providence +24% (5.3); Richmond +114% (5.3); Chicago +68% (5.3); Fort Myers +89% (5.2); Raleigh-Durham +71% (5.1); Boston +39% (4.9); Salt Lake City +145% (4.8) Philadelphia +50% (4.7); Columbus +58% (4.7); Dallas +42% (4.2); Washington +45% (3.8); New York +24% (3.5) 2

Median age was 36.8 years old

71% of total viewers were Adults 18-49

Audience composition was 59% women, 41% percent male

This season Nip/Tuck features a phenomenal line-up of guest stars including Larry Hagman, Brooke Shields, Kathleen Turner, Richard Chamberlain, Melissa Gilbert, Jacqueline Bisset, Peter Dinklage, Rosie O�Donnell, Catherine Deneuve, Sanaa Lathan and Mario Lopez, along with other surprise prominent guest stars.

The cultural phenomenon that is Nip/Tuck reveals the lives of Dr. Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) and Dr. Christian Troy (Julian McMahon), two plastic surgeons, best friends and business partners who run McNamara/Troy, a South Beach plastic surgery practice. Both share a love for the same woman, Julia McNamara (Joely Richardson), and seek personal happiness and professional success in different ways. Nip/Tuck was created and is executive produced by Ryan Murphy, who continues to write and direct several episodes. Michael M. Robin is executive producer. Nip/Tuck is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company is association with Warner Bros. Television Productions Inc.

Last season, Nip/Tuck completed 2005 as the #1 ranked series among all basic cable series in delivery of Adults 18-49 ratings. The season three finale was the most-watched single episode of a series ever for FX, ranking #1 among Adults 18-49 (3.9 million) and Total Viewers (5.7 million).

FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable network from Fox. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 90 million homes. The diverse schedule includes a growing roster of distinctive original series and movies, an established film library with box-office hits from 20th Century Fox and other major studios, an impressive roster of acquired hit series.

*Source: 1 NTI/Star Trak 1/1/06 � 9/5/06 2 NSI 9/5/06 vs. 9/20/05 � 12/20/05

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