TV Ratings: 'How I Met Your Mother' Rises Ahead of Series Finale

The CBS comedy's penultimate episode improves 17 percent, as "The Voice" goes down (and "Blacklist" goes up) for another NBC Monday win.
"How I Met Your Mother"

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.