08 January 2009Nip/Tuck, a popular US television drama that revolves around a cosmetic surgery clinic, has returned to the small screen after a long hiatus. The hit show was forced into a temporary sojourn from the airwaves in early 2008 after the Hollywood writers' strike left it bereft of storylines.However, the new episode aired in the US earlier this week picks up where the last one left off and hasn't left fans disappointed. According to live-plus-same-day information from audience measurement analyst Nielsen Media Research, Tuesday's Nip/Tuck premiere was the most-watched telecast on basic cable, with 3.1 million views. In addition, it was the top-rated cable programme on that night with adult viewers aged 18 to 49, attracting 2.4 million from this age group. Nip/Tuck, which is currently in its fifth series, has been the focus of acclaim and controversy over its graphic depictions of major cosmetic surgery procedures, including breast enlargements, rhinoplasty and liposuction. Other non-surgical treatments, like Botox and facial fillers, have also been at the centre of storylines on the show. When the series first began in 2003, it was praised by several doctors for its honest approach and for playing a large part in lifting the veil of secrecy that had often hitherto shrouded the cosmetic surgery industry in the United States. What's more, the sometimes cavalier behaviour of the fictional surgeons depicted on Nip/Tuck may have played a helping hand in encouraging people considering cosmetic surgery to research their procedure and ensure their surgeon is a professional before making any decisions.