Compared to other networks: Behind Fox and ABC (though HIMYM did beat Dancing with the Stars in 18-49), ahead of the CW and NBC.
Compared to other CBS comedies: There’s no news on 18-34 numbers, where HIMYM usually has an edge, but in 18-49, households, and total viewers, the show placed behind The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men, but ahead of Accidentally on Purpose.
Viewers: 9.22 million – down about half a million from last year’s premiere, but last year’s premiere wasn’t up against House. Last year’s premiere also aired at 8:30PM – the last HIMYM episode to air in the 8PM timeslot was Old King Clancy, which only pulled 7.4 million.
Compared to other networks: Behind Dancing with the Stars and House in everything, ahead of Heroes and One Tree Hill.
Compared to other CBS comedies: Third in viewers, which is where you can expect to see it all season – CBS’ strategy to turn The Big Bang Theory into a megahit by putting it in the post-Two and a Half Men timeslot is paying off, since TBBT saw its best numbers ever. HIMYM was third in everything else as well, with the exception of 18-34, where it surpassed TBBT. [CBS didn't provide 18-34 numbers for Men or Accidentally on Purpose.]
Viewers: 11.08 million. Up nearly a million from the last new episode (The Possimpible), and the third episode this season (after Little Minnesota and Benefits) to break 11 million – fairly impressive after a monthlong hiatus.
Compared to other networks: Second to the finale of The Bachelor in everything, but with the best non-Bachelor 18-34 numbers of the night.
Compared to other CBS comedies: Third in viewers – ahead of TBBT, but behind Rules of Engagement, which premiered last night. First in 18-34, second in 18-49, and tied for third (with TBBT) in households.
Legen- Wait For It is a blog for How I Met Your Mother news - look here for updates about episodes, ratings, cast members, and more. If you have any questions or contributions, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 20: Three Days of Snow
July 27: The Yips
More upcoming episodes:
September 21: Season Premiere