Saturday, June 15, 2024

TV Ratings: “How I Met Your Mother” Finale Hits Series High


Some people didn’t like it, but everyone watched it. “How I Met Your Mother” went out on a high last night. The show scored almost 13 million viewers and a 5.3 rating. In total viewers, they were still edged out by “Dancing with the Stars” on ABC. But “HIMYM” did beat “The Voice.”

In other ratings news, Jimmy Fallon is still considerably ahead of David Letterman, and way ahead of Jimmy Kimmel in the late night wars.

As a complete non sequitur, I will tell you this: I was a huge “Dallas” fan during its original run. I didn’t quite care for it when it came back on TNT. The new producers tried to make it very slick, and got away from the basic soap opera that made “Dallas” a cheesy success. But this season has been very, very good. It’s largely due to Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy, who are still playing the hell out of Sue Ellen and Bobby. But also the story telling this season is very much back to the tone of the old show. They still need to bring back Val and Gary from “Knots Landing.” But as a pure guilty pleasure, “Dallas 2.0” is good stuff.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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