Sarah Jessica Parker thinks fans of hit TV drama DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES should thank the cast and crew of Sex And The City for helping to get the hit show on air.

Although she accepts Sex And The City could never compete with the ladies of Wisteria Lane in the ratings, she credits the show with giving TV executives the notion that a programme all about women could be a hit.

Parker, who played lovelorn columnist CARRIE BRADSHAW in Sex And The City, says, "I think HBO (US cable network) did a really clever thing, creating this standing date on Sunday nights (in America) at nine.

"I think that's really a lot what this is about. There was a show that was successful to a smaller degree.

"This idea of this standing date for women (was) brilliant and now I think they need to do Monday night."