Michael Slezak
March 17, 2005 AT 05:00 AM EST

She will not be ignored — and how. The fourth-season premiere of FX’s gritty cop drama The Shield — featuring the addition of Glenn Close as a hard-driving police captain — drew 3.9 million viewers Tuesday night, up 37 percent from last season’s first episode. The show’s 2.3 million audience in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic was also an improvement on last year.

Still, Close’s presence couldn’t drive The Shield‘s ratings to 2002-2003 levels; indeed, the series’ premiere episodes in its first two seasons drew more than 4 million viewers.

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