Explosive Ratings Gain ‘Big Bang Theory’ Three More Seasons
CBS has announced that it’s renewing the hit comedy The Big Bang Theory for three more years, extending through the 2016-2017 season. Fans of television’s top rated comedy about smart-but-awkward physicists who learn the ways of life from their hot friend living in the apartment across the hall are guaranteed three more seasons of laughs.
Renewing a show for three seasons in one go is uncommon, but not hugely surprising given the ratings that The Big Bang Theory has gotten over the course of its seven seasons. The show has been TV’s biggest comedy in terms of viewers since the 2010-2011 season and is currently the highest rated, non-sports program for adults between the ages of 18 and 49. For the current seventh season, the show gained an average of 19.79 million viewers.
The show was created by Chuck Lorre, who is also responsible for popular primetime comedies Two and a Half Men, Mom, and Mike and Molly. It stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik, and Melissa Rauch.
“Comedy is a big part of our schedule, and The Big Bang Theory is the biggest comedy force on television,” said Nina Tassler, the chair of CBS Entertainment. “This multi-year deal further strengthens our network’s position for future seasons and marks another chapter in the great partnership CBS enjoys with Warner Bros. Television for delivering audiences the best in comedy. We’re proud to work with and showcase the incredible talents of Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro, and this amazing cast every week.”