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‘Nip/Tuck’ is smooth operator for FX

Skein was No. 1 program on basic cable for the night

The second season premiere of “Nip/Tuck” sutured up series highs, while “Outback Jack,” the first original series to launch out of the newly repositioned TBS, had a tough time romancing an audience.

FX’s “Nip/Tuck” attracted 3.8 million viewers to its Tuesday bow. According to Nielsen, skein was the No. 1 program on basic cable for the night among adults 18-49 (2.1 national rating/6 share, 2.7 million viewers) and 25-54 (2.1/5, 2.6 million).

Debut, which bested last July’s series premiere by 35% in its key 18-49 demo, also reached record ratings for the series in households (2.8/5), total viewers and women 18-49 (2.4/6).

Meanwhile, in spite of heavy promotion and marketing, the 9 p.m. premiere of “Outback Jack” on TBS wrangled up a so-so crowd of 2.1 million viewers. Bruce Nash-produced series, in which a dozen city women compete for love in the wild Australian outback, posted a 1.1/3 in both 18-34 and 18-49 demos.

Unhampered by the NBA, the second seg of “Joe Schmo 2” continued to come up dry, drawing just 418,000 viewers (down from premiere’s 596,000) at 10 p.m.

Also, the rebroadcast of Nick at Nite’s “Fatherhood” delivered 2.9 million viewers — up from 1.8 million for Sunday’s special timeslot bow. Show will continue to air Tuesday’s at 9 p.m.

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