HBO sniffed out a stellar Sunday in the ratings.
Season finale of “The Wire” at 9:30 p.m. strung in a series-best 4.5 million total viewers and posted a 2.2 national rating/6 share in the key 18-49 demo.
Hourlong cop drama received a boost from an impressive showing from its “Sex and the City” lead-in. Sarah Jessica Parker and co. attracted 6.9 million total and averaged a 3.9/11 in 18-49.
Finale of “Project Greenlight,” however, pulled in a so-so 2.6 million.
Meanwhile, Friday’s season-ending seg of detective dramedy “Monk” sniffed out 4.4 million viewers and a 1.4/5 in 18-49. Finale ranks as the second highest rated episode in the series, behind only the season two premiere.
“Monk,” starring Tony Shalhoub, remains basic cable’s most-watched scripted skein.
Elsewhere on cable’s Sunday primetime:
Comedy Central’s “The Man Show” saw an uptick for episode two with new hosts Joe Rogan and Doug Stanhope, delivering a 1.2 in 18-49 (up 1.1 from last week’s season premiere) and 1.7 million viewers.
Bravo’s Lucy-Desi special “The Desilu Story: The Rags to Riches Success of the Desilu Empire” drew a disappointing 494,000 total viewers, well below the cabler’s primetime average for the week (600,000).
Roughly 730,000 viewers tuned in for Spike TV’s Animal House doc “Unseen & Untold: Animal House.”
And VH1’s inaugural seg of its “Inside Out” series, highlighting singer-songwriter Warren Zevon, drew 518,000.