Comedy favorite The Big Bang Theory has been renewed by CBS for at least a further three more years it was announced yesterday.
Currently the highest rating comedy on television, the show was guaranteed at least an 8th season, but the American network has shown it’s support for Big Bang and it’s cast by announcing the show will run for ten seasons through to 2017, the second time in a row, the comedy has been picked up for a consecutive three season extension.
Nina Tassler, chairman of CBS Entertainment, said, “Comedy is a big part of our schedule, and ‘The Big Bang Theory’ is the biggest comedy force on television. 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.”
While Big Bang has been guaranteed extra life, main stars Jim Prsons (Sheldon), Johnny Galecki (Leonard) and Kaley Cuoco (Penny) are still yet to renew with all three stars will head into contract negotiations. Mayim Bialik (Amy) and Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) have already committed to new contracts.
Currently earning around $350,000 per episode, the three main leads are expected to head towards the $1 Million per episode mark reminiscent of the earnings of the cast of Friends.
In America, Big Bang Theory is currently one of the top ratings programs on air, bringing in an average of 19.2 million viewers weekly, while here in Australia, the show roughly averages about 1.1 million weekly.
With the news of more seasons, we can only hope this may bring us an Amy and Sheldon wedding!
Big Bang Theory airs Tuesday nights, after The Block on Channel 9