2.8 mil respond to 'Rescue' call

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FX's "Rescue Me" drew 2.8 million total viewers to its fourth-season premiere at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

That includes 1.8 million viewers in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research.

The total viewers figure is off 18% compared with the Season 3 premiere and off 8% compared with the Season 3 average, while the 18-49 figure is off 20% and 10%, respectively.

However, it's important to note that FX series generally see a 25% bump when DVR playback data is included, according to the network, which would mean the Season 4 premiere would be on par or possibly higher than last season's premiere once that data is factored in. (That information will not be available for three weeks.)

The episode did build on its lead-in, an airing of the theatrical "Assault on Precinct 13," which drew 1.1 million total viewers and 524,000 adults 18-49 from 7:30-10 p.m. and was basic cable's No. 2-rated telecast of the day, behind the 9:30 p.m. telecast of TBS' "Tyler Perry's House of Payne."

The 11 p.m. encore of "Rescue Me" drew nearly 1 million total viewers and 720,000 adults 18-49.

Meanwhile, the debut of Bravo's "Top Chef 3 Miami" debuted to 2 million total viewers and 1.4 million adults 18-49 at 10 p.m. Wednesday. That's an increase of 8% in total viewers and 5% in the demo compared with the Season 2 premiere, which aired at 11 p.m. in October and had "Project Runway's" network-record-breaking Season 3 finale as its lead-in.

At Comedy Central, the debut of animated series "Lil' Bush" averaged 2.1 million total viewers and 1.2 million in the demo at 10:30 p.m. That built on its lead-in, a repeat of "South Park," which averaged 1.7 million total viewers and 1.1 million in 18-49.

"Bush" was the second-highest-rated series premiere on Comedy Central since "Drawn Together" in 2004 (behind "The Sarah Silverman Program"). It also was the highest-rated show Wednesday in primetime among males 18-24.
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