“How I Met Your Mother” ends on a high note (in ratings)

Neil Patrick Harris: We're No. 1. At least for one night only.
Neil Patrick Harris: We’re No. 1. At least for one night only.

Long-running sitcom How I Met Your Mother ended its nine-year run on CBS on a high note, scoring its highest numbers ever in total viewers and in key demos. Monday night’s one-hour sendoff drew 12.9 viewers and a 5.3 rating in the adult 18-49 (HIMYM generally averages around a 3.)

While these numbers would have Barney Stinson shouting “Awesome” and running around giving high-fives to everyone in sight, not everyone is celebrating – many fans of the show were irate at how the finale was handled, flooding social media, comment sections, and message boards with disapproval.



And here comes the Aunt Robin jokes. Well, some of them are:


Even though yours truly never watched the show, there is one question I can answer about it: someone asked if the finale would have an effect on reruns of the show. Given Mother has struggled since entering off-net syndication in 2010 – switching cable nets (Lifetime to FX) in the second year of its deal and its already subpar performance on local stations, the wobbly finale won’t help.

For the week ending March 23, Mother (from Twentieth Television) earned a 1.9 live-plus same day rating, down 5 percent from the previous week and tied for fifth among off-network sitcoms.

WPWR-TV here in Chicago upgraded Mother to 9 p.m. just this past week, moving from 10 p.m. – odd move since Mother has been a ratings dud in the Chicago market.