'How I Met Your Mother' sets ratings record with finale

'How I Met Your Mother' sets ratings record with finale

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 11: (L-R) Co-creator Carter Bays, Cobie Smulders, co-creator Craig Thomas, Josh Radnor, Executive Producer Pamela Fryman, Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan and Neil Patrick Harris pose with Favorite Network TV Comedy Award for "How I Met Your Mother" in the press room during the 2012 People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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by Gary Levin, USA TODAY

USA TODAY

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 8:54 AM

It would have made an easy slap bet: The one-hour series finale of CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother marked the show's top-rated episode.

About 13.1 million fans tuned in Monday night, according to final Nielsen figures, eclipsing the previous record of 12.3 million set for "The Pineapple Incident," which aired in November 2005, early in the show's first season. Though the audience was smaller than for Dancing With the Stars, its young-adult crowd more than doubled ABC's dancing show and was easily tops for the night on TV.

But the premiere of Friends with Better Lives, a sitcom that followed Mother in a special 9 p.m. ET/PT slot, didn't fare as well, falling to 7.6 million and earning less than half of Mother's younger audience. Lives moves to 8:30 next week.

Many fans on social media weren't happy with the way Mother ended its nine-season run, joining a list of unhappy finale followers of such long-running series as Lost, The Sopranos, Seinfeld and Dexter.

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