By James Hibberd
April 01, 2014 at 03:23 PM EDT

How I Met Your Mother went out on top. Monday night’s series finale easily led the night, delivering 12.9 million viewers and a 5.3 rating among adults 18-49.

That marks the show’s most-watched and highest-rated episode of all time, and jumped 51 percent from last week. HIMYM‘s one-hour closer easily topped NBC’s usual Monday winner The Voice, which dipped slightly this week to 12.1 million viewers and a 3.4 rating.

HIMYM led into the series premiere of CBS’ new comedy Friends With Better Lives (or, as CBS’ marketing is trying to push, “#FWBL”). Even with these numbers including a minute of overrun from the HIMYM finale, the new show dropped pretty significantly from its lead-in — 8 million and a 2.7 rating. Be sure to check out HIMYM co-creator talking about the polarizing finale. FULL CHART:

FOX 8-9P BONES- 1.5 5,634
9-10P FOLLOWING- 1.4 4,232
ABC 8-10P DANCNG-STR- 2.2 13,685
10-11P CASTLE- R 1.1 7,407
CBS 8-9P HW I-MOTHR- 5.3 12,944
9:00P FRIENDS-LV- P 2.7 7,985
9:30P MOM- 2.2 7,244
10-11P INTELLGNCE- 1.2 5,545
NBC 8-10P VOICE- 3.4 12,082
10-11P BLACKLIST- 2.8 11,393
CW 8-9P STAR-CROSSD- 0.4 1,100
9-10P TOMORRW PPL- 0.5 1,114