A record number of Canadians tuned in as “Corner Gas” turned out its lights for the last time on Monday night.
According to CTV, the homegrown sitcom attracted almost three million viewers – its largest audience ever – as it wrapped up after six successful seasons.
The finale, which aired on CTV and the A channel, also scored the biggest audience on record for a Canadian-made scripted television series.
Fans were treated to various TV specials leading up to the final episode, including a “Canada AM Corner Gas” special, “Live at eTalk: The Cast of Corner Gas” and a pre-finale retrospective, “It’s Been A Gas.”
Created by comedian Brent Butt, “Corner Gas” debuted in 2004 and followed the day-to-day interactions of the quirky townspeople of fictional Dog River, Sask. Guest stars over the years have included Prime Ministers Stephen Harper and Paul Martin, the Tragically Hip, Kiefer Sutherland and various past and present NHL players.
Shot in Rouleau, Sask., the show is seen in more than two dozen countries and has won six Gemini Awards, including best comedy series.