BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 March 2008, 08:31 GMT
Britney's cameo boosts US sitcom
Britney Spears in How I Met Your Mother with star Josh Radnor
Spears played ditzy receptionist Abby in the show

Pop star Britney Spears' appearance on US TV comedy How I Met Your Mother has pulled in almost 3m extra viewers.

The CBS show attracted 10.6m people on Monday - its highest ratings this season, according to official figures.

The boost is likely to secure a fourth series, which has averaged 7.8m viewers during its current run.

Spears, whose assets are currently controlled by her father, was praised for her performance as a doctor's receptionist in the show.


The New York Daily News said: "Spears proved she can act every bit as well as she can sing."

"Brit looked slim, trim and gorgeous," added the New York Post.

Britney Spears
Spears' father is in control of her affairs until 31 July

Alison Godges, a student at New York University who watched Monday night's show, said: "She looked like the Britney we used to know. Long blonde hair and great make-up. She was funny too."

The star's ditzy character had a crush on the comedy's main protagonist, Ted, and flirted with him badly.

Spears, who was admitted to a psychiatric ward and lost custody of her two sons earlier this year, said working on the show was "terrific".

Meanwhile, a legal challenge to her father's conservatorship of her affairs was dismissed by a California court.

A judge ruled that he did not possess sufficient powers to grant an appeal, lodged on the grounds that Spears had not been given enough notice that the order was being implemented.

Britney Spears stars in US TV sitcom
25 Mar 08 |  Entertainment
Spears' order appeal thrown out
25 Mar 08 |  Entertainment
Spears must pay Federline's fees
18 Mar 08 |  Entertainment
Spears' ex-manager ban extended
17 Mar 08 |  Entertainment
Spears hospital 'to punish staff'
16 Mar 08 |  Entertainment

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific