8:57am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'How I Met Your Mother' Rises Ahead of Series Finale
The Voice led another Monday for NBC, though the singing competition was down half a point for a 3.6 rating among adults 18-49. That tops the rest of broadcast, though by its narrowest margin this season (the penultimate episode of CBS' How I Met Your Mother was right on its heels). A smaller lead-in did not deter Blacklist. The drama rose two-tenths of a point from last week for a 2.9 rating in the key demo.
NBC led the night with adults under 50, averaging a 3.4 rating, and pulling 12.1 million viewers.
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The second week of Dancing With the Stars dipped four-tenths of a point on ABC, averaging a 2.2 rating with adults 18-49. At 10 p.m., Castle (1.7 adults) fell by just a tenth. ABC topped the night in total viewers, with 12.8 million, and took a 2.1 rating with adults 18-49.
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.