But a lot of fans turned out to see how it ended: A series record of 12.9 million tuned in, according to early numbers from Nielsen. And that number could well go higher in final ratings coming later Tuesday.
The time-jumping finale showed how Ted (
"HIMYM" also reached its highest rating in the crucial adults aged 18 to 49 demographic on Monday, with an impressive 5.8 rating/16 share.
At 9 p.m., the new sitcom "Friends with Better Lives" opened with 8 million viewers, retaining just 62% of the "HIMYM" lead-in.