“How I Met Your Mother” ratings up ahead of finale

NBC dominated Monday’s ratings race in key demos, winning five of six half-hours among adults 18-49 behind “The Voice” and “The Blacklist” – the latter of which had its second best score since late fall despite a lower lead-in from the music competition.
Kicking off the night – CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother” prepped for next week’s series finale by edging out “The Voice” in young adults. ABC won in total viewers behind “Dancing With the Stars,” the night’s most-watched program overall.

"How I Met Your Mother" ratings up ahead of finale

“How I Met Your Mother”.

Ratings for “How I Met Your Mother” are rising in the run-up to its finale.
According to early numbers from Nielsen – the second-to-last episode of the CBS comedy series’ ninth and final season scored 9.1-million viewers overall and a 3.4 among key 18-to-49-year-olds, up 17% from last week.
Monday’s “How I Met Your Mother” featuring a big wedding and related panic attacks, was Monday night’s second-highest-rated broadcast show in the 18-to-49 demographic, behind NBC’s singing contest “The Voice.”

“How I Met Your Mother” rose half a point (17 percent) from last week’s episode on CBS, averaging a 3.4 rating in the demo. The series wraps next Monday with a one-hour finale. “2 Broke Girls” (2.3 adults) was only marginally improved with the lifted intro, up a tenth of a point. “Mike & Molly” (2.0 adults) improved by two-tenths, and “Mom” (1.9 adults) and “Intelligence” (1.2 adults) each grew by a tenth of a point. CBS took a 2.0 rating with adults 18-49 and 6.9 million viewers.
Both “Bones” and “The Following” were even with last week’s 1.4 ratings among adults 18-49 – the latter tying a series low. Fox also averaged 4.95 million viewers over the two-hour block.
“Star-Crossed” (0.3 adults) held last week’s score on The CW, while “The Tomorrow People” (0.3 adults) shed a tenth of a point. The CW took a 0.3 rating with adults 18-49 and 870,000 viewers.

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