The return of Rescue Me on Tuesday night drew very solid numbers for FX, averaging 2.3 million viewers overall and 1.5 million adults 18-49, according to a report from James Hibberd.
Although that's down from its prior averages, that still has to be good news for FX after the show's 18 month hiatus. It is well within the range of viewers that Nip Tuck averaged in its most recent season, which earlier in the week I suggested should be the benchmark for measuring Rescue Me's ratings performance.
Hibberd notes that the encore episode drew another 914,000. That's better than most of the first-airings of Damages drew. In its season finale on FX last week, the initial airing of Damages averaged 1.05 million viewers.