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Meeting mother after all these years

How I Met Your Mother" ends with a bang
How I Met Your Mother" ends with a bang
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CBS' hit comedy "How I Met Your Mother" concluded by letting the viewers finally meet mother. Staten Island viewers tuned in Monday night for the “How I Met Your Mother” finale, as "Ted (Josh Radnor) met the mother (Cristin Milioti), but that wasn’t the end," added The New York Times today (April 1).

"CBS’s hit comedy “How I Met Your Mother” exited to what amounted to a standing ovation on Monday night — from viewers, if not critics — scoring the best ratings in the show’s nine-season history," added The New York Times.

The series had 12.9 million viewers and posted its best-ever rating among those 18 to 49, an audience many advertisers pay a premium to reach. The numbers were so good that they compared favorably with the levels achieved by some of the hit cable shows that have stolen audiences from the broadcast networks. For more on this story visit http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/02/business/media/how-i-met-your-mother-lowers-its-curtain-to-a-packed-house.html?action=click&contentCollection=Arts&region=Footer&module=MoreInSection&pgtype=article.

"The show’s finale was watched by more viewers than the series finale of the AMC cable channel’s monster hit this season, “Breaking Bad,” which had 10.3 million viewers for its series finale. But as strong as “Mother” finished for CBS, its finale fell short of the 15.7 million viewers that watched Sunday night’s season finale of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” added The New York Times.

"Those comparisons highlight how much television viewing has shifted away from the broadcast networks and over to cable, especially among younger viewers. But, at the same time, the strength of the “Mother” finale underscores how the broadcast networks can still attract big audiences when they elevate a show to the level of an event," according to the report today.

Best ratings in nine years for CBS "How I Met Your Mother"

"CBS’s hit comedy “How I Met Your Mother” exited to what amounted to a standing ovation on Monday night — from viewers, if not critics — scoring the best ratings in the show’s nine-season history," added The New York Times.

"The series had 12.9 million viewers and posted its best-ever rating among those 18 to 49, an audience many advertisers pay a premium to reach," according to the report. "The numbers were so good that they compared favorably with the levels achieved by some of the hit cable shows that have stolen audiences from the broadcast networks."

"The only disappointment CBS will feel at this point is the loss of a consistent, reliable hit, one that reached an audience that does not often frequent CBS shows. The network has the oldest audience of any broadcast network, with a median age this season of 58.3," according to The New York Times.

“How I Met Your Mother” had the youngest audience of any show on CBS, with a median age of 46.2, even younger than that of “The Big Bang Theory,” according to today's report analyzing ratings.

"That the network is concerned about losing those younger viewers is apparent from CBS’s recent decision to ask the creators of “Mother,” Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, and Emily Spivey, the creator of the series “Up All Night,” to help develop a new comedy for next season added The New York Times. "The pilot that they have come up with is not really a spinoff: None of the characters return, and the setting and time frame will be different. Still, the new show’s title has a familiar ring: “How I Met Your Dad.”

Staten Island television fans: tune in next season!