Fans of the HBO hit “Sex and the City” gave a big send-off to the series as 10.6 million viewers tuned in to see Carrie Bradshaw end the series in the arms of “Mr. Big,” according to ratings reported Tuesday.
The 45-minute telecast of Sunday’s night’s finale to the Emmy-winning comedy about the lives and loves of four young women in Manhattan drew the biggest audience for the show’s six-season run, Nielsen Media Research said.
It also drew the highest household rating on HBO (21.8) since the September 2002 premiere of the fourth season of mob drama “The Sopranos,” which averaged 13.4 million viewers to then rank as the most watched original program in the history of the cable channel.
While “Sex and the City” was dwarfed in overall audience by ABC’s return of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and NBC’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” the HBO series topped the broadcast networks among viewers aged 18 to 34 and female viewers 18-34.
“Sex and the City,” one of the signature shows that established HBO as a creative powerhouse and the first cable series to win an Emmy Award for best comedy, may yet see an afterlife on the big screen.
HBO said executive producer Michael Patrick King is writing a script for a feature film adaptation that would essentially pick up where the series left off. A spokeswoman for the Time Warner Inc.-owned network said all four principal cast members were in talks to reprise their roles for the movie, and some have already have committed.