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Ratings: Benefits

If you pay any attention to ratings at all, you’ll know that Fox, while it doesn’t have much going for it in the fall other than baseball and House, happily spends January through May mercilessly crushing everyone else. And 24‘s first Monday airing in two years was last night, which is why it’s kind of awesome that HIMYM actually saw its best numbers of the season (and in some cases, of the series) last night.

Viewers: 11.76 million. This is up about 400K from Little Minnesota, and the show’s second-largest audience ever, falling only half a million viewers behind The Pineapple Incident.

Adults 18-49: 4.8/12 – this is a series high. [The previous series high: Little Minnesota.]

Adults 18-34: 4.0/10 – second highest ever, slightly down from Little Minnesota’s 4.2/11.

Adults 25-54: 5.4/12 – this matches the series high.

Households: 6.8/10 – season high, best since the S2 premiere.

Compared to other networks: HIMYM lost to 24 in households and viewers, but won its timeslot in 18-49, 18-34, and 25-54. Like Little Minnesota before it, Benefits pulled in the best 18-34 numbers of anything on any network last night.

Compared to other CBS comedies: CBS doesn’t even mention Worst Week in its press release, which is odd because even though it lost a third of Two and a Half Men’s audience, it didn’t tank too badly. Anyway: HIMYM was third in viewers (TBBT edged it out by about 50K), third in households, probably second in 25-54 (without data on Worst Week I can’t be sure, but based on WW’s other numbers it didn’t beat HIMYM here), second in 18-49, and first in 18-34.

CBS spins it:

“How I Met Your Mother” Hits Another Series Best Adult 18-49 Delivery and Second Largest Audience Ever

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER was first in adults 25-54 (5.4/12), adults 18-49 (4.8/12), adults 18-34 (4.0/10) and second in households (6.8/10, -0.1 behind FOX) and viewers (11.76m, -0.15m behind FOX).  This is HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER’s best delivery to date in adults 18-49, matched series high in adults 25-54, posted the second best viewers and adults 18-34 totals and was the best household performance since Sept. 18, 2006.

Sources: PIFeedback, Zap2It, CBS, TV By the Numbers.

Post-Ep: Benefits

Barney’s Blog: Uncle Barney’s Mail Sack

HIMYM Style’s outfit IDs for the episode can be found here – there’s one for now, but there are usually more updates throughout the day.

Recaps and reviews:

No YouTube videos from CBS yet, sadly, but they do have a bunch of clips from the episode (and some behind the scenes stuff with the guest stars) at the official site.

News Roundup – Part the Second

Remember, Neil Patrick Harris is hosting Saturday Night Live tonight.

“Forgetting Sarah Marshall” star Jason Segel tried to play it cool. “Brad Pitt and Angelina showed up, and you think you don’t care,” he told MTV News. “But you totally care! You get a tingle.”

You can watch the whole show here.

News Roundup – Part the First

A second roundup will follow later tonight or possibly in the morning, with Jason Segel at the Critics’ Choice Awards, Neil’s pre-SNL press, and a bunch of other stuff.

Promo Post

Here’s the promo for Benefits, Monday’s episode (once again, if you don’t already know the premise of the episode, it’s going to be kind of shocking):

The promo for NPH’s episode of SNL this weekend:

And the trailer for Cobie’s upcoming movie The Slammin’ Salmon:

[Sort of] New Photos from 4.12 – Benefits

CBS has released two new photos, which were previously available online, but not in HQ.

Also, a note about the last post – it’s been updated to include some clarification of the spoilers. [This isn't Ask Ausiello or anything, where the posted spoilers are all you get - I'm working with limited information, but if you have questions, I have no problem clearing things up where I can.]

Onto the photos! The first two are the new ones. Continue reading →

Photos from 4.12: Benefits

After the jump! Spoiler level: Pretty safe. There’s one that’s borderline spoilery, so the thumbnail’s been blacked out.

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Press Release for 4.12: Benefits

Generally I don’t bother spoiler-tagging the network’s description of an episode, but this is one of those episodes where the premise is surprising enough to warrant it. [Think Shelter Island - there was no way to say "Ted and Stella's wedding" without it feeling like a major spoiler.] Anyway: Press release after the jump!

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News Roundup

  • Scheduling: December 1 will be a rerun of The Bracket, and a new episode, The Fight, will air on December 8. [If you don't read big spoilers, the network-issued description of the episode is here.] I would guess that since Benefits is reportedly airing in January, Little Minnesota will be moved ahead of it to air on December 15, but we won’t know for another week or so.
  • Josh Radnor recently appeared in the November 17 issue of People Magazine:
  • Video of Josh at Don’t Quit Your Night Job (thanks Ingrid!):

    You can read a firsthand account of the event here.
  • Cobie Smulders will appear on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on November 21 (that’s this Friday night – thanks Shermie!). She’s also up for a Gemini Award for Hottest Canadian Female TV Star. You can vote here. Cobie was also interviewed by Lara Spencer of The Insider:
  • Neil Patrick Harris is one of Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Entertainers of the Year. There’s a video interview here, and you can see scans of the article here.
  • Neil also hosted the Los Angeles Ovation Awards on Monday, and the Artios Awards a week before that.
  • Neil talks about playing Barney in what may or may not be a new interview.
  • Jason Segel has been announced as one of the voice actors in the 2010 release Despicable Me.
  • Pam Fryman is directing the pilot for a potential new CBS comedy called The Karenskys.
  • Auction: Win a set visit and a signed photo of the cast! Auction ends on November 23.
  • Those People talk about their experience on the show here, here, and here. They’re talking about filming, so obviously, there are going to be some spoilers for 411.
  • Analysis: da_phoenix13 on LiveJournal looks at the significance of games in How I Met Your Mother.

The Alyson Hannigan portion of the update got out of hand lengthwise and will be posted separately.

Yes, it’s another cameo announcement.

I’m not even sure which reality show she’s from.

So we’re clear – these people are all being cast because the episode’s script called for a bunch of reality TV stars/tabloid fixtures. It works within the episode, and it’s minor.

HIMYM is not in danger of being cancelled, and I seriously doubt this is network-mandated. CBS is very satisfied with its Monday comedies (with the possible exception of Worst Week), and HIMYM doesn’t need any help in the ratings department. Viewership has been increasing every week since 4.02 aired, and Not A Father’s Day fell just short of netting the most viewers the show has gotten since Ten Sessions.