'Nip/Tuck' season finale hits low


The season finale of FX's "Nip/Tuck" averaged just under 3 million total viewers Tuesday night, making it the show's least-watched finale in its five-season history, Nielsen said.

Though the network has emphasized that its viewership often rises as much as 25% when DVR-playback data is factored in, comparing Live+Same Day data for all five finales puts the most recent one at about 30,000 fewer viewers than Season 1, previously the least-watched finale. However, the overall season average does improve by 14% when factoring in DVR data, according to the most up-to-date numbers (2.99 million vs. 3.41 million) and likely will improve further once all airings are factored in.

"Nip/Tuck's" most-watched finale still stands as Season 3's (5.7 million), which was fueled by the Carver serial killer story line. In other cable ratings news, Oxygen's "The Bad Girls Club" averaged 1.1 million total viewers on Tuesday, making it the network's first original series to break the 1 million-viewer mark. The episode also was Oxygen's most-watched telecast ever for key demos of women 18-49 (471,000) and adults 18-49 (659,000).