You like the Mother. You really like her!
How I Met Your Mother‘s Mother-centric Episode 200 — which TVLine readers gave a resounding grade of “A” — drew 10.7 million total viewers and a 3.8 demo rating on Monday night, surging 22 percent week-to-week to hit season highs. In fact, that marks the series’ largest audience since December 2011.
The balance of CBS’ Monday sitcom line-up in turn enjoyed a boost. 2 Broke Girls (9.9 mil/3.0) hit season highs/its best numbers since Feb. 14 and May 13, Mike & Molly (10.7 mil/2.6) drew its largest audience since Feb. 14 and tied its season high rating, and Mom (9.5 mil/2.4) drew its largest audience to date while rising 26 percent in the demo. At 10 pm, Intelligence (6.8 mil/1.5) was up 17 and 36 percent from its Monday time slot premiere.
Over on Fox, The Following‘s regular time slot premiere — leading out of a repeat — did 6 mil and a 2.0, down sharply, as expected, from Season 2′s apres-NFC championship debut (11.2 mil/4.4) but also falling shy of Sleepy Hollow‘s most recent 9 pm tallies (7 mil/2.4) and hitting series lows (pending any final adjustments above 6.3 mil/2.1).
ABC’s The Bachelor (8.6 mil/2.5) added some viewers plus two tenths in the demo.
NBC’s latest double pump of Hollywood Game Night (which Michelle Trachtenberg played like a boss) averaged 5 mil and a 1.4, up a bit in audience week-to-week. The Blacklist (10 mil/2.5) grew 14 percent and two tenths, reversing its Voice-free downward trend.
The CW’s Hart of Dixie (1.16 mil/0.4) and Beauty and the Beast (906K/0.3) each added a literal handful of eyeballs while flat in the demo.