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Monday, March 31, 2014

THE RUNDOWN: Monday, March 31

Monday night is a big night for CBS. First up is the series finale of the beloved How I Met Your Mother after nine seasons. Originally a perennial bubble show, Mother blossomed into one of CBS' biggest hits and they will certainly miss its presence on Monday nights. I think it will have a nice bump for the finale, it could even be higher than my prediction. It is followed by the series premiere of Friends with Better Lives, which CBS is hoping will fill the Mother void. With the big lead-in, it should have a strong sampling but we'll see where things go from here when the whole Monday lineup becomes suspect. It is also the season, and most likely series, finale of the low-rated Intelligence at 10pm. Elsewhere, the competition could take a hit from the Mother finale though The Blacklist may be OK at 10pm without a new Castle in the hour.

ABC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
10:00 Castle #112 "Like Father, Like Daughter" (REPEAT)
Prediction: Dancing - 13.5 million, 2.1

CBS
8:00 How I Met Your Mother #207/208 "Last Forever" (SERIES FINALE)
9:00 Friends With Better Lives #1 "Pilot" (SERIES PREMIERE)

9:30 Mom #21 "Broken Dreams and Blocked Arteries"
10:00 Intelligence #13 "Being Human" (Season Finale)
Prediction: Mother - 11.8 million, 4.5/Friends - 10.3 million, 3.4/Mom - 8.8 million, 2.4/Intelligence - 5.8 million, 1.3

NBC
8:00 The Voice
10:00 The Blacklist #18 "Milton Bobbit"
Prediction: Voice - 12.2 million, 3.4/Blacklist - 11.2 million, 2.8

FOX
8:00 Bones #185 "The Turn in the Urn"
9:00 The Following #26 "Freedom"
Prediction: Bones - 5.5 million, 1.3/Following - 3.9 million, 1.3      

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