CBS Renews 'The Big Bang Theory' for 2 More Seasons
Good news for fans of The Big Bang Theory (and no, this isn't one of Sheldon's classic "Bazinga!" pranks): CBS and Warner Bros. Television announced on Monday that a two-year broadcast agreement has been reached that will keep the mega-hit comedy on the air through the 2018-19 season.
Variety reported a few weeks ago that one of the last hurdles to reaching this agreement was setting up a new contract with costars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, and that the original core cast—Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg— were willing to take small pay cuts for themselves in order to free up raises for Bialik and Rauch.
CBS's new comedy will feature a 9-year-old Sheldon, growing up in Texas.
TBBT has been a huge hit almost since its debut in 2007. The series has been TV 's No. 1 comedy in viewers since the 2010-11 season, and is now in its fifth straight season as the No. 1 comedy in key demos. According to CBS, this season Big Bang is averaging 19.40 million viewers, and is broadcast television's highest-rated scripted series among Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54.
The show is huge enough that it now has a spinoff series coming, as well. It was announced last week that a prequel comedy, Young Sheldon, featuring (obviously) the adventures of young Sheldon will debut on CBS during the 2017-18 season.
The Big Bang Theory, Thursdays, 8/7c, CBS