Ready for some good news CBS sitcom fans? How I Met Your Mother has been renewed for two more seasons, keeping the show on the air until 2013.

The news comes as the comedy wraps up its sixth season on CBS. The finale for How I Met Your Mother will air two weeks from now on Monday, March 21st.

The news is welcome for the series’ fans, who aren’t as numerous as the ones for Two and a Half Men or The Big Bang Theory, but tend to be much more dedicated (at least in my experience).

In previous years, the show had to wait well into the summer for news of a renewal. Industry speculation is that the deteriorating situation on Two and a Half Men, CBS’s dependable ratings powerhouse, helped speed the decision along this year. Production studio 20th Century Fox TV demanded nearly double their normal rate to continue the series.

While How I Met Your Mother has dipped in the ratings the last few years, the 2010-2011 season has seen a considerable upswing. The show averaged just over 9 million viewers per episode this year. Screen Rant reported in January that former Monday night regular The Big Bang Theory (with an average viewership of 13-14 million) had been renewed for an additional three years. CBS continues to dominate the broadcast sitcom arena – and pretty much all the other arenas too, if you don’t count sports and reality shows.

While the news of Charlie Sheen’s departure from Two and a Half Men can’t be good for CBS and its continued position as “the most watched network in America” – they have plenty of other sitcoms and dramas like the various flavors of CSI and NCIS to keep them on top for several more years. And besides, Neil Patrick Harris manages to be funny and charming without once mentioning tiger blood.

All the leading actors and actresses are slated to return for both upcoming seasons.

Source: TV Line