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Monday night was filled with specials, from an hour-long How I Met Your Mother on CBS to a 90-minute The Voice episode on NBC. The CW’s Gossip Girl ended after six seasons and saw an increase in viewers.
CBS averaged just 9.81 million viewers and a 3.1 18-49 rating, but that was all it needed to win the night, notes HitFix. A special HIMYM drew 8.66 million viewers and a 3.4 18-49 rating, while 2 Broke Girls had 10.16 million and a 3.5 18-49 rating. Mike & Molly beat NBC’s 1600 Penn preview with 10.8 million and a 3.3 key demo rating. Hawaii Five-0 had 10.3 million viewers and a 2.4 18-49 rating.
NBC came in second with 9.32 million viewers and a 2.9 18-49 rating. The Voice got off to a huge start with 13.23 million viewers in its full hour, then 13.24 million in the second hour. According to Deadline, its 4.1 18-49 average rating was up 8 percent over last week and up 8 percent over last season’s performance finale. 1600 Penn’s pilot earned 7.19 million viewers and a 2.3 18-49 rating. Take It All finished the night with 4.5 million viewers and a 1.5 18-49 rating.
In third was ABC with 4.84 million viewers and a 1.1 18-49 rating. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition had just 4.24 million viewers and a 1.0 18-49 rating in its first hour. A second hour drew 4. 88 million and a 1.2 18-49 rating. A Castle repeat ended the night with 5.4 million viewers.
Fox’s night of holiday specials averaged 3.31 million viewers and a 1.2 18-49 rating. The only new show was Dreamworks' Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury with 3.9 million viewers and a 1.5 18-49 rating.
The final episode of Gossip Girl had 1.51 million viewers and a 0.8 18-49 rating, its highest since April 2011, notes THR.