Viewers: 11.37 million. This is up nearly a million from last week, and it’s the largest audience the show has reached since February 2006, when Season One was airing. [It's about a million short of beating out The Pineapple Incident, the show's most-watched episode so far.]
Adults 18-34: 4.2/11 – this is a series high.
Adults 25-54: 5.1/12 – season high, best since Ten Sessions.
Households: 6.7/10 – season high, best since Monday Night Football.
Compared to other networks: HIMYM was first in its timeslot in viewers, households, 18-49, 18-34, and 25-54. It had the best 18-34 numbers of anything on Monday night. [ABC, after beating HIMYM in viewers every week this season, aired I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown, which is apparently horrible.]
Compared to other CBS comedies: First in 18-34, second in 18-49 and 25-54 (behind Two and a Half Men), tied withThe Big Bang Theory for third in households, and third in viewers (ahead of TBBT).
CBS spins it:
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER posted series highs in both adults 18-49 and adults 18-34, best households performance since Feb. 5, 2007, best viewers delivery since Jan. 9, 2006 and best adults 25-54 performance since March 24, 2008.