“How I Met Your Mother” fans may be divided on the show’s series finale, but they did help the comedy reach one final milestone.
'How I Met Your Mother' finale ends with one last twist
With its last episode on Monday night, the CBS series concluded its nine-season run with 12.9 million viewers watching. That audience also had a 5.3 rating in the advertiser-happy demographic of adults 18-49.
That means the controversial installment is “How I Met Your Mother’s” most-watched and highest-rated episode ever. The hour-long closer even surpassed NBC’s popular singing competition “The Voice.”
That good news may not be enough of a salve for fans disappointed by the direction creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas decided to take the series by its end. Over the past nine years, the duo have unfurled a story focused on one man’s winding journey to find out the love of his life – only to drop a hammer of a twist in the show’s final moments.
The reaction has been so vocal that Thomas has responded directly to viewers, standing by the creative team’s decision to give “How I Met Your Mother” such an ending.
"The fact that we have been a TV sitcom that has received this much passion from fans, for 9 years (not just tonight) - thank you," Thomas tweeted amid the storm of responses he and Bays received Monday night. "We wrote a comedy with dramatic elements till the very end. ... We did a finale about life's twists and turns and that is not always what happens...but THANKS! Seriously – no matter what you thought of tonight, THANK YOU...you were with us. We love you."
The finale should have pulled back to reveal the children were dead from their dad telling them the longest story ever.
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