During the fifth season finale, the character of Mike Delfino (played by James Denton) stood at the altar with a mystery bride, after leaving fiancée Katherine (Dana Delany) on their wedding day to rescue his young son MJ (Mason Vale Cotton) and ex-wife Susan (Teri Hatcher) from kidnapper Dave Williams (Neal McDonough).
The series creator told Entertainment Weekly that the bride's initial identity was to be Katherine, until viewers informed him that they would rather see Susan and Mike reconcile.
He said: "I originally was going to have Mike marry Katherine, but as I went out into the world on vacation and just started talking to people they were so determined that Mike and Susan should get together; they were so insistent on it.
"So I started to think, 'What if I went that way?' And it occurred to me that it might be a more effective way to go as opposed to frustrating the fans for another year by keeping Mike and Susan apart. The fans demanded it in a voice so loud I was kind of scared to go against them."
Cherry also hinted that the couple's marriage "plays better for this season's mystery" and that Katherine will suffer a breakdown, adding: "And it's going to be one of the funniest breakdowns you've ever seen."
It was reported earlier that 13.24m US viewers tuned into the season six premiere of Desperate Housewives last Sunday.