How I Met Your Mother Finale Sets Series Record for Total Viewers.

Filed under: Featured Posts,The Drive Home | Thomas, the co-creator of How I Met Your Mother, defended how his hit show ended on Monday night after some viewers cried foul and spewed outrage.

The CBS comedy concluded its ninth and final season with Josh Radnor‘s character, Ted, finally meeting Cristin Milioti‘s Tracy, his wife and mother to their two children. Still, the twist was that Tracy died, and Ted’s children soon realize that the real reason their father told them the story is to get their approval for him to renew his one-time relationship with “Aunt” Robin, played by Cobie Smulders.

In a series of tweets, Thomas stood by his plot twist and thanked viewers for their mixed reactions.

While the reviews for the How I Met Your Mother finale were decidedly mixed, there’s no denying that it had fans glued to their TV set.

A series-high 12.94 million viewers tuned in to the one-hour finale of the CBS sitcom on Monday night. It served as a lead-in to the series premiere of the new comedy Friends with Better Lives, which averaged nearly eight million viewers.

For the week ending Sunday, the most-watched primetime TV program was the CBS drama NCIS, which drew 17.52 million viewers. The runner-up was a cable series: AMC’s The Walking Dead, whose season finale was seen by 15.68 million.

CBS averaged the most primetime viewers of any broadcast network last week. ABC was second, followed by NBC, Fox, Univision, the CW, Telemundo and ION Television.

Here are the top 10 primetime network and cable programs for the week of March 24-30, according to the Nielsen Company:

1. NCIS, CBS, 17.52 million.
2. The Walking Dead, AMC, 15.68 million.
3. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 15.54 million.
4. Dancing with the Stars, ABC, 14.65 million.
5. 60 Minutes, CBS, 14.3 million.
6. The Voice (Monday), NBC, 12.85 million.
7. The Voice (Tuesday), NBC, 12.45 million.
8. Person of Interest, CBS, 12.23 million.
9. The Good Wife, CBS, 10.96 million.
10. The Blacklist, NBC, 10.8 million.

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