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A Cut Above

''Nip/Tuck'' sews up big numbers for FX. It's the fifth highest-rated basic-cable series premiere in history

Apparently, viewers weren't too put off by that graphic opening butt-implant sequence. ''Nip/Tuck'''s premiere on FX on Tuesday carved out the biggest share of the evening's cable audience, some 3.7 million viewers, according to Nielsen. The drama about two ethically challenged plastic surgeons became the fifth highest-rated basic-cable series premiere of all time. (Last year's ''Dead Zone'' debut on USA holds the record with 6.4 million viewers, while FX's own ''The Shield'' premiered with 4.8 million.) ''To now have two of the top five most watched series premieres ever on basic cable with 'Nip/Tuck' and 'The Shield' says a lot about the strides FX has made over the last two years,'' FX president Peter Liguori said in a statement.

Tuesday was a big night for new cable series. Spy drama ''MI-5'' premiered on A&E, drawing 1.8 million viewers. The second installment of Bravo's ''Queer Eye for the Straight Guy'' drew 1.6 million, just four percent below last week's debut.

Originally posted Jul 24, 2003