CBS Announces One-Hour Finale for 'How I Met Your Mother' + 'Friends With Better Lives' Premiere & '2 Broke Girls' Move

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December 19th, 2013


via press release:




CBS Announces A Special One-Hour Series Finale For

"How I Met Your Mother," Monday, March 31, 8:00-9:00 PM


Series Premiere of "Friends with Better Lives" to

Follow Immediately with a Special Preview at 9:00 PM


"Friends with Better Lives" Moves to its Regular 8:30 PM Time Period, Monday, April 7


"2 Broke Girls" to Lead Off Monday Comedy Block at 8:00 PM, Starting April 14


After 208 episodes told over nine seasons, the story of how Ted Mosby ultimately meets his children's mother will conclude with a special one-hour series finale on Monday, March 31 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT).  The HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER finale will be followed immediately by the series premiere of the new comedy FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES (9:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT).


Following its special premiere after the HIMYM finale, FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES moves to its regular Monday (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT) time period on April 7.


FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES is about six friends at different stages in their lives—married, divorced, newly engaged and single—who are outwardly happy, but secretly questioning if their friends have it better.


As part of CBS's new Monday lineup, 2 BROKE GIRLS will move to the 8:00 PM time period on April 14 to lead off the night's comedy block.


CBS Schedule for Monday, March 31

8:00-9:00 PM                          HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (One-Hour Series Finale)

9:00-9:30 PM                          FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES (Special Premiere)

9:30-10:00 PM                        MOM

10:00-11:00 PM                      INTELLIGENCE


CBS Schedule for Monday, April 7

8:00-8:30 PM                          THE BIG BANG THEORY (R)

8:30-9:00 PM                          FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES (Time Period Premiere)

9:00 PM to conclusion            NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP


CBS Monday, Effective April 14

8:00-8:30 PM                          2 BROKE GIRLS (New Time Period)

8:30-9:00 PM                          FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES

9:00-9:30 PM                          MIKE & MOLLY

9:30-10:00 PM                        MOM

10:00-11:00 PM                      INTELLIGENCE


HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER stars Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, Alyson Hannigan and Cristin Milioti.  Carter Bays, Craig Thomas, Pamela Fryman, Stephen Lloyd, Chris Harris, Chuck Tatham, Jamie Rhonheimer and Kourtney Kang are executive producers for Twentieth Century Fox Television.  The series was created by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.


FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES stars Kevin Connolly, Majandra Delfino, James Van Der Beek, Zoe Lister-Jones, Brooklyn Decker and Rick Donald.  Series creator Dana Klein, Aaron Kaplan and Dave Hemingson are executive producers for Twentieth Century Fox Television.


            2 BROKE GIRLS stars Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, Matthew Moy, Jonathan Kite, Garrett Morris and Jennifer Coolidge.  Michael Patrick King is creator/executive producer for Warner Bros. Television and MPK Productions.

  • Brandy

    Why are they moving 2 Broke Girls to lead off/anchor?It didn’t do well at 8 as leadin and was moved back.It seems strange they’re ending Mother in March,but I guess little hiatueses/interruptions will,be good.

  • Timmy G

    @Charmed; I would have loved for HIMYM to go until 2015 but the writers kind of wrote themselves into a corner by making Ted’s kids too old in the flash forwards. Basically, they should have wrote it originally where him and the mother didn’t have to meet until 2015.

    On the other hand, Jason Segel barely did season 9 so the show would have never gotten a season 10 to begin with. They would have had to do the show without him or write something similar like the beginning of this season (Which sucked as it was, the Marshall road trip story was basically the worst long term story the show ever did, and Sherri Shepard certainly didn’t help).

    If I would have had it my way, season 9 would have began with meeting the mother and then getting to know her in real time. Then, there’s several things CBS did wrong, you have this big monumental event of finally meeting the mother in the season 8 final and it wasn’t advertised at all. As the ratings suggest, they could have gone a lot bigger if their promo department worked better.

    Season 9 has shined though whenever we see the mother though, so congrats to them in that area.

  • Gus

    Don’t know if this new schedule for 2 Broke Girls is the best one. However is the only move that CBS has in their hands to keep up with the HIMYM ratings.

    It’ll be hard, but who knows, right?

  • Timmy G

    @Gus, I could easily see M & M becoming the highest rated Monday comedy now, which seems really odd to me but true. I imagine 2BG will take a bit of a hit without HIMYM.

    This is actually really stupid as far as ratings go IMO. Their Monday’s are going to implode in April. Interested in seeing Friends with Better Lives for Van Der Beek and Delfino but I expect it to probably rate in the low 2.0 range.

  • Ultima

    This is a disgrace to the fans from day 1, you don’t end a series in a non sweeps month.

    Nonsense. The series finale of ER was on 2 April 2009 and that was the biggest drama of the 90s and set a decade plus high in viewership for a drama finale.

    Also, I think that many fans will prefer the uninterrupted run (excluding the Olympics) leading up to the finale.

    Additionally, from a promotional standpoint, CBS can really push the finale during March Madness.

  • Ultima

    why put the second week of a new show after a repeat?

    Because a repeat of The Big Bang Theory typcially does better than most of CBS other comdies?

    Also, it’s the NCAA Basketball Championship, normally they don’t air new episodes that night. Maybe their hoping to get the west coast affiliates to schedule FWBL immediately after the game?

  • starship

    I thought 2 Broke Girls will be anchoring Mondays next year, as there really is no other show that can do it, but I guess they want to give it a trial run and if its ratings are really low they’d probably stick the final season of TAAHM there instead (not that it would be doing much better).

  • omabin

    Even though I get why it makes sense to end the show that is not returning earlier and not one of the others, I do agree with others that CBS will feel the absence of the show throughout the night. Unless Friends is a surprising hit, I am not even sure any show on that night will crack a 2.0

  • Oliver

    Because a repeat of The Big Bang Theory typcially does better than most of CBS other comdies?
    It will do the same as a 2BG original, except it will skew much older.

    Perhaps that explains it. CBS wants yet another show that skews ancient.

  • DC

    I wonder if this has anything to do with Jason Segel’s contract. It seems like they’re rushing to get this done and don’t want to sit on the episodes until May in case they leak to the web.

  • Cyrax86

    I love that HIMYM is not dragged till May, but where are Bad Teacher & Reckless? Are they going to be the new Friend Me or some Summer burn-off?

  • CrimTV

    Not sure if i’m okay with that 2 Broke Girls move

  • CrimTV

    All we need now is NBC and then the mid-season schedule is complete!

  • CBSviewer

    So this season 2 Broke Girls has three different timeslots… It will struggle at 8 but I think it will stay there next season.
    How I Met Your Mother will have a huge finale (high 3′ or low 4′).
    I can see CBS airing Reckless on Sunday at 10 after Unforgettable during summer.

  • omabin

    TBBT repeats on Monday this year: 2.2, 2.4, 2.5
    2 Broke Girls numbers sans the Mother lead-in earlier: 2.8 (premiere, so I wouldn’t cont this one), 2.4, 2.3. Additionally, it has also pulled a 2.3 this week when Mother went below a 3.0. The show is simply being artificially propped up by Mother now, I doubt it can even pull a 2.0 on spring leading the night by itself after DST hit. Regardless, bottom line is that Friends with Better Lives issue is not the fact that it will get an airing after TBBT, it’s the fact that it will air after 2 Broke Girls. Maybe they should have ended 2 Broke Girls earlier instead to use the Mother lead-in for Friends. I don’t know, there are advantages and disadvantages to both options.

  • k:Alex

    CBS is build with old hit shows, last couple of years they only got POI ans 2 Broke Girls as new hit shows (and Rob, but that’s gone).

    And with 8 hour of comedy, their will be problems.

    I don’t know how long it will take, but next season for sure, all the comedies of this year will fail.
    The Millers is a flop, Crazy Ones and Mom are ‘mwa’, CBS did expect better ratings.
    2 1/2 Men is already dead, too expensive and low ratings.

    So good luck CBS, you will need it.

  • Mon

    And the Thursday comedy block stays the same? That’s unfair.

  • Niallerz24

    I think this is good for How I Met Your Mother, it means that it won’t have to compete with other season finales in May or any big events that night. I expect the series to go out high.

    And for 2 Broke Girls if it can do what HIMYM is doing now, it will be fine.

  • CBSviewer

    @ CrimTV

    NBC set Hannibal season 2 premiere on Friday, February 28 at 10PM. I think their midseason Schedule will be released later today or tomorrow.

  • Samunto

    Mixed feelings about 2BG at 8pm but then again, what else would get the slot?!

    Makes lots of sense for CBS as then they’ll have a few weeks to see if 2BG can hold it’s own at 8.
    This comedy has been moved pretty much and CBS must have very high hopes for it.

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