'How I Met Your Mother' Renewed for Final Season

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January 30th, 2013

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All Series Regulars to Return for Final Season, Where Audiences Will Finally Meet the Mother


CBS Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television announced today that HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER will return for the 2013-2014 broadcast season.  All series regulars – Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan, as well as series creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas – will return for the final season, where audiences will final learn the identity of the Mother.

"Through eight years, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER has mastered the art of leading-edge comedy, emotional water-cooler moments and pop culture catch phrases,” said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment.  “We are excited for Carter, Craig, Pam Fryman and this amazing cast to tell the final chapter and reveal television’s most mysterious mother to some of TV’s most passionate fans.”


"We‘re thrilled to have the entire and incredibly talented HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER cast back for one final season to bring the series to a proper close,” said Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen of 20th Century Fox Television.  “Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are masterful and hilarious storytellers, and we have no doubt that they will guide one of the greatest comedies of the last decade to a gratifying conclusion when they finally reveal the identity of the Mother."


Premiering in September 2005 and currently in its eighth season, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER has been a signature part of CBS's top-rated Monday comedy block. Throughout its history, it has ranked among television’s top programs in adults 18-49 and adults 18-34.  Last year, in its seventh season, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER delivered its highest ratings ever in viewers and key demographics.  This year, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER is averaging 9.75 million viewers, 4.0/11 in adults 18-49, 4.4/11in adults 25-5 and 3.7/12 in adults 18-34.


Among the numerous awards and nominations bestowed on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, the series was nominated for a 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series and won the 2012 People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy.  For his role as Barney Stinson, Neil Patrick Harris has been nominated for the 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Emmy Awards as Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, nominated for the 2009 and 2010 Golden Globe Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role and won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actor in 2011 and 2012.  For her role as Lily Aldrin, Alyson Hannigan won the 2010 People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actress.


HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER is produced by 20th Century Fox Television.  Carter Bays, Craig Thomas, Pamela Fryman, Chris Harris, Stephen Lloyd, Chuck Tatham and Kourtney Kang are Executive Producers.


  • joel

    Guardian Owl is correct, but I think if that becomes the widespread expectation they’ll switch it up with a different actress to make the moment of the reveal a surprise.

  • Amy

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure people watch the show for the friendships and the Barney/Robin love story.

  • Ram510

    I was hoping that it would wr 10 season but one last final season will be fine I guess. At least it’s announced in advanced that this will be the last one.

    Somehow this makes me feel that Rules of Engagment will get another season. CBS needs to keep someone who is a solid performer under any circumstance

  • John A

    Is it really expensive to make? It still has good ratings id have thought two and a half men would go before this.

  • B Saget

    I agree with a lot of you. At first I was anxiously waiting for hints about the mother, but now i’m just enjoying the show. I’m glad it was renewed for a final season, nice work CBS.

  • Ram510

    Do people really care about who the mother is? I know I don’t. I just love watching this show every week! It’s funny, well acted and te cast has great chemistry and each and every week you feel like part of the group. I’ll miss this show when it’s gone

  • JulieDawn


    Just because it wasn’t yet officially announced publicly that there would be one more season, that doesn’t mean the producers and writers haven’t known about it for quite a while…I’d guess ever since the cast all re-signed.

  • Chris

    Who the hell are they going to get to play ‘The Mother’ who could live up to seven straight years of build-up?

    Please don’t let it be Jenna Elfman. :(

  • Illinois

    I don’t really want to know who is the Mother ! I just want the Show to be funny and well Acted but a ninth Season is a good news :)

  • Timmy G

    Glad to hear the official announcement.

    @Chris, they said they were thinking about casting an unknown so there wouldn’t be expectations attached, but we’ll see. My personal choice would be someone like Michelle Williams, which would be kind of amusing since not only is she dating Jason Segel, but then 4 Dawson’s Creek alums would have been on the show.

    I’m all for them revealing the mother in this season finale/next year’s premiere. Actually smart advertising would be like they did with Two and Half Men a few years ago. Have advertisements everywhere for her reveal date to garner the big ratings.

  • forg

    Yay they set an end date! I hope the storytelling will wow us loyal fans

  • Dan S

    CBS has got to be worrying about their comedies. In addition to HIMYM ending along with I presume is ROE they have the aging 2.5 Men leaving only 3 comedies to rely on. I can’t see them expanding to 2 hrs on Thur with comedies until they find some successful replacements.

  • JOE

    @Dan S

    Why is it everyone always says “CBS has got to be worrying about its comedies”?

    No one ever says that for the other nets….oh wait, that’s right they don’t have any big comedies…..only Modern Family is big, after that its all soft shows (yes that includes New Girl and The Middle). CBS will be fine with their comedies…I’m not worried one bit.

  • KJ Styles

    I figured that either this or Two & A Half Men would end next season. Glad we finally know now which one it will be rather than later.

  • networkman

    So will How I Met Your Mother and Two & A Half Men end the same year similar to how Friends and Frasier ended the same season? In my mind this means that CBS is going to create a 2 hour comedy block on Thursday. They need extra timeslots for new comedies. Premiering only 1 new comedy in the Fall will not be a good option.

  • KJ Styles

    “No one ever says that for the other nets….oh wait, that’s right they don’t have any big comedies…..only Modern Family is big, after that its all soft shows (yes that includes New Girl and The Middle). CBS will be fine with their comedies…I’m not worried one bit.”

    I think what Dan means is they may be worried AFTER HIMYM and 2.5 Men are gone. After that, all they’ll have is Big Bang Theory and 2 Broke Girls as big hits. I don’t think they should be worried per se because those shows get monster ratings, but I see his point about finding suitable replacements. Mike & Molly is a moderate hit but it hasn’t proven that it can stand on it’s own without a strong lead in. ABC will be even with them in the comedy department in 2015 if they end up finding another big hit to go along with Modern Family.

  • Rob3008

    Is there any word on how many episodes the final season will contain or have I missed it?

  • Samunto

    And now the ratings will start falling! Seriously, when is the last time a network series announced it’s final season and the numbers didn’t drop in a major way? Even LOST had low figures for the final season!

  • KJ Styles

    @networkman- I agree 100%, they definitely need to add another comedy hour next season, because Ashton Kutcher could decide not to return after next season which would end 2.5 Men.

  • networkman

    CBS 2013-2014

    8pm How I Met Your Mother
    8:30pm Mike & Molly
    9pm 2 Broke Girls
    9:30 New Comedy

    8pm The Big Bang Theory
    8:30pm New Comedy – Mom
    9pm Two & A Half Men
    9:30 New Comedy

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