'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.


  • KJ Styles

    @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!”

    You cannot compare comedies to dramas. I highly doubt that HIMYM’s ratings will drop much, if anything they’ll probably improve because fans want to see who Ted ends up with. I bet the series finale hits mid to high 4’s.

  • me

    actually, at first they said that the 8th season will be the last but i guess it’s not so. don’t get me wrong i love this show and seriously addicted, but i want to see the mother at the end of this season. the next one should focus on how the fall in love <3

  • Carl

    I’m happy to hear this. I think one more season is perfect. Go out on top. The only issue I foresee is that they really seem to be leading up to this season ending with Barney and Robin’s wedding. It has been well established that it is the place he truly met her (instead of the near misses of past episodes). How they reconcile this with the show going on for a season beyond the wedding will be interesting.

  • chicago_animal

    I hate Ted Mosby but live the other characters. Kind of sucks since he’s the main character. You ever seen the meme of his that says “Doesn’t swear around his kids but tells them how he used to bang their Aunt Robin.”

  • Samunto

    @KJ Styles
    I wasn’t comparing anything specific genre but you want a comedy/comedy comparison? Be my guest. Look no further than 30Rock and The Office. Are those 2 hitting series highs in their final seasons? 30Rock would be a better comparison as The Office suffered after the loss of Carell.

    People generally stop watching a show during it’s final season because they don’t see the point in investing their time on a show that’s ending.

  • pete5125

    CBS has been in the same shoes for 2-3 seasons, when Charlie Sheen almost destroyed 2 and a half Men, In that season CBS got Mike and Molly, a sitcom that has done well every season, last season they got 2 Broke Girls, some how Big Bang Theory keeps getting bigger, and CBS still keeps Rules around…so next season Rules, Mother, and Men will end, hopefully CBS gets another comedy off the ground but 3 years 2 hits that’s a better average than most…I would hope CBS would try a 2 hour block next season on THur, but this season it was more important to lock Girls in place and to turn Person of interest into a solid hit

  • Dan

    @Ram510 – HIMYM doesn’t need a 10th season. It didn’t relly need a ninth season. The way the story goes, the show could end this may, because theres a beginning and an end. Two and a Half Men could go on for 8 more years, there’s no set story and no destination. Also Jason Segel barely signed on for a ninth year in which case the show would have ended this May.

    @Rob3008 – I doubt it would be a short 13 eps. Anywhere from 18-24. CBS would take advantage of a full season if they can.

    @Samunto – Who cares if the ratings will start falling. Even if the network didn’t announce a final season, the show would have ended with season 9 no matter what. At least we know officially that the show will end May 2014.

  • zodd

    “The mother thing is mostly a gimmick. Not sure why people care so much that its dragged out like it has. It’s a sitcom. Enjoy it (or not) for what it is.”

    Which is something the show has been failing at for several seasons now.

  • Dan

    @Pete5125 – I think Rules of Engagement will end this season. It was barely renewed last season (which the creator and cast thought was the end), but CBS figured that 13 episodes added to the current 87 episodes would round about a perfect 100 for Sony for syndication. CBS lucked out because if Partners was a hit, Rules may have been bumped for Summer, and Friend Me didn’t work out, so Rules 13 eps will put originals at 8:30 until May.

    Its a shame, its an underrated show that was bounced around the schedule and used as a filler since its debut. But always is reliable for a replacement anywhere on the schedule. Next season CBS doesn’t need Rules of Engagement, if they plan to add a few new comedies to the schedule. Maybe HIMYM might return midseason but if it returns in the fall and CBS doesn’t add another sitcom hour, then they may only air 1 new series this fall.

    RIP Rules of Engagement
    February 5, 2007-May 13, 2013

    September 22, 2004-February 22, 2013

  • Dan

    @Zodd – For every 1 good episode, there’s about 5 eps that don’t add anything to the story and are unnecessary as a whole, but for the most part it’s funny. Most shows are meant to have a beginning and end and never get the proper finale (My Name is Earl, with the karma list) Viewers should be happy that the show has another season and a half to finish up the story, the way the creators intended.

  • Ultima

    Before the finale, they should have a clip show.

    The kids are on the couch, now in their mid-30s and each with a kid (~8 yrs) of their own.

    “Did I ever tell you how I met your grandmother?”

    *groans* “Dad, they’ll be able to drive before you finish!”

    “Don’t worry, I’ll keep it short…”

    Clip show starts! :)

  • angelsgal

    Ted revealed that he met the mother at Barney and Robin’s Wedding, which was confirmed only a few episodes ago to be the final ep of season 8. We should see Ted meet the mother in the final ep of this season. It will probably be the season finale cliffhanger momement. We also know that Ted has his 1st child by “starwars Trillogy watch” 2015 so they will probably squeeze the wedding into the final season which ends 2014

  • Flame

    Well, now that Fox obviously passed on Goodwin Games, CBS could take over after Mother’s end.

  • Dan

    @Angelsgal – We may not meet the mother in that episode. In fact it could be a flashforward from the second to last episode of this season to the season finale and the ninth season could be everything in between, although I could be wrong and they could change the story, who knows.

  • Dan

    I want to know how bad The Goodwin Games actually is that FOX wouldn’t air it replacing Ben & Kate. Obviously it will most likely flop, but why not try it out. We knew Hell’s Kitchen had to step in at 8 but FOX could have aired Goodwin along with the remaining Hope episodes Fridays at 8, thats something.

  • 728huey


    I could see a scenario where Ted’s baby mama, or the “Mother” of the show’s title is revealed at the end of this season yet still could be shrouded in mystery. Ted could meet someone that he falls in love with at the end of this season that presumably could be the “mother” of his children but in fact the mother may very well be the friend or co-worker of this new love interest. The final season could show how Ted courts his eventual baby mama which culminates in a huge wedding during the series finale.

    As for those who are wondering why it’s taking nine seasons to tell the story of how Ted met the mother of his children, remember that the “mother” was a premise to set up the series in the first place, but they essentially did a series retread of Friends. New Girl is also a retread of Friends except it’s aimed at a Millennial generation audience.

  • bsp

    I like it. :^)

    Hope we get plenty of “mother” time before the final bow. Any word on how many eps for season 9?

  • Whatever

    In one of the previous episodes they show Ted meeting the mother at Barney’s & Robin’s wedding, which it was shown as May 2013. They could make it as a cliffhanger with her face shown on season 9 premiere.

  • GARY

    I stopped watching as soon as I found out Robin wasn’t the mother.

  • Amy

    @ GARY So from the pilot then? Ted has always referred to Robin as Aunt Robin.

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