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Britney Spears on 'How I Met Your Mother': Give us more

March 25, 2008 |  9:06 am

Mother_jy4j8inc_400 Britney Spears' charming and seemingly sane star turn on "How I Met Your Mother" on Monday helped CBS win the night in the 18-to-49 demographic. It was "How I Met Your Mother's" highest ratings ever in that all-important age group.

Britney's guest appearance as a dorky receptionist who gets a crush on Ted made the difference in CBS' night ratings-wise -- the previous week, a "Dancing With the Stars"-propelled ABC easily beat all the other networks among young adults.

This Monday, "How I Met Your Mother" drew 10.6 million total viewers and a 4.5 among 18-to-49 year-olds. Combined with the other CBS offerings -- "The Big Bang Theory," "Two and a Half Men," "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and the first new post-strike episode of "CSI: Miami" -- CBS ended up with a 4.4 overall in 18-49, which, in early Nielsen estimates, beat ABC's 4.2.

Of course, "Dancing With the Stars" ran away with the night in total viewers, bringing in an audience of 20.3 million for its two-hour episode.  That includes 20.6 million during the 8:30 time slot when Britney was chasing Ted down the street.

-- Kate Aurthur

(Photo courtesy Monty Brinton / CBS / AP)