CBS gives “How I Met Your Mother” a sixth season order

HimymIt keeps on getting better for “How I Met Your Mother” creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.

On the same day that news broke about their rich new overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV, CBS Entertainment prexy Nina Tassler picked up a sixth season of the critically acclaimed laffer.

News came as Bays and Thomas met with Tassler and the Eye on Monday, we assume, to pitch their new sitcom (from “HIMYM” scribes Kourtney Kang and Joe Kelly).

A full-season order for “HIMYM” isn’t exactly a big surprise, given the show’s ongoing decent perf and place in the pop culture zeitgeist. It is a nice change of pace from the show’s early years, however, when CBS kept the “HIMYM” crew guessing right up until the May scheduling announcements.

With “HIMYM” picked up, that reps a return next year for three of CBS’ Monday night laffers. Under a 2009 deal, CBS already has “Two and a Half Men” locked up through 2011-2012 and “The Big Bang Theory” through 2010-2011.

Season to date, “HIMYM” has averaged 8.8 million viewers, as well as a 3.6 rating/9 share among adults 18-49.

As for Bays and Thomas’ deal with 20th, the three-year, eight-figure pact keeps them on the show through a potential eighth season. 

The Kang/Kelly script centers on a Pittsburgh-based couple who are dating and mulling the next stage of their relationship.

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