The two-hour season finale of plastic surgery drama NIP/TUCK has made TV history for cable channel FX after recording the network's biggest ratings ever.

The third-season wrap-up, which aired on Tuesday (20DEC05), drew 5.7 million viewers to TV sets across America.

The show, starring Jolie Richardson and Julian McMahon, drew 3.9 million in the 18-49 age group demographic - more than any other cable series this year (05).

The episode was also repeated at midnight, luring an added 1.6 million viewers.