FX’s ’44 Minutes’ hits cable bull’s eye

'Six Feet' finale also pulls tall numbers for HBO

Sunday proved to be a big night for both basic and pay cable.

On FX, original pic “44 Minutes” presented the net with the ultimate ninth-anniversary gift: record-high ratings. Telepic was top ranked for the week ending June 1, bringing in a 3.0 rating in total viewers and delivering an audience of more than 6 million. In adults 18-49, pic yielded a 3.4 rating and 3.3 million viewers.

Based on the true story of a high-profile shootout in North Hollywood. “44 Minutes” aired from 8-10 p.m.

FX also scored with its broadcast of the Winston Cup Race, which tied for second in last week’s ratings alongside TNT’s playoff coverage Thursday night. Playoff game brought in 2.6 rating /5.8 million viewers; race took in 2.6/ 5.3 million.

Notable ‘Feet’

Among pay networks, HBO’s season finale of “Six Feet Under” brought a 6.2 rating and 5.8 million total viewers. The series’ highest-rated episode this year, segment was also up 3% from last year’s finale numbers.

Cabler’s season premiere of “The Wire” registered 4.8 and 4.4 million total viewers. Although show lost some of its lead-in, rating was up 24% from last year’s bow.

Going up against “The Wire” was the debut of Showtime’s original series “Out of Order.” Skein, which aired from 10-11:45 p.m, delivered 1.3 million viewers and 850,000 adults 18-49. Both sets of numbers were improvements from last year when “Queer as Folk” and “Soul Food” aired in same slot. Delivery increased 36% in total viewers and 26% in A18-49.

Less successfully, TBS original “Evil Never Dies,” which aired at 8 p.m., failed to bewitch an audience. Pic, which starred Thomas Gibson and Katherine Heigl, attracted only 1.8 million viewers. Drop was 45% from last year when film “Blue Streak” aired.

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