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‘Big Bang Theory’ gets 3-season deal

Published: Thursday, March 13, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
This image released by CBS shows Simon Helberg (left), Melissa Rauch, Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons in a scene from “The Big Bang Theory.” CBS says it’s renewing its hit comedy “The Big Bang Theory” for 3 more years. The deal would carry TV’s most-watched sitcom through the 2016-2017 season, its 10th on the air. “The Big Bang Theory” premiered in September 2007, and has been a ratings smash for virtually its entire run. This season, it has averaged nearly 20 million viewers each week.

LOS ANGELES – Here’s an announcement written in the stars: CBS has renewed “The Big Bang Theory” for an additional three years, taking it into the 2016-2017 season.

It’s the second time the series has scored a three-season renewal. And one doesn’t need to be a science nerd to understand how the power behind the comedy’s ratings plays into its life extension.

The Thursday series is TV’s top-rated comedy among adults 18-49. The series, currently in its seventh season, is averaging a hefty 19.8 million viewers per week and a whopping 6.1 among the 18-49 demo.

“Comedy is a big part of our schedule, and ‘The Big Bang Theory’ is the biggest comedy force on television,” said Nina Tassler, chairman, CBS Entertainment, in a statement. “This multi-year deal further strengthens our network’s position for future seasons and marks another chapter in the great partnership CBS enjoys with [show producer] Warner Bros. Television for delivering audiences the best in comedy. We’re proud to work with and showcase the incredible talents of [executive producers] Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro and this amazing cast every week.”

The nerdy strength of the show, which stars Emmy winner Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg and Kaley Cuoco, extends beyong broadcast – causing a bang in syndication over on TBS.

The announcement puts the comedy as CBS’ first scripted pickup for next season.

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