In a day and age where television series are constantly popping up and getting axed, The Big Bang Theory has kept CBS at the top of the ratings war for years now. Due to its growing popularity, the network has renewed it’s No. 1 sitcom for three more years through 2017. This marks the second consecutive three-season pick-up for The Big Bang Theory, which will enter its 10th season during the final year of the new deal, which will take it into the 2016-2017 season.
Currently getting ready to wrap up season No. 7, The Big Bang Theory continues to grow in both viewership and in the ratings. Not only has the show ranked as the No. 1 sitcom since the 2010-2011 season, but due to the syndication, has launched TBS into the No. 1 spot in the adults age range of 18-49, often viewed as the most important demographic for all networks.
Now that the show has been secured for the next few years, CBS and Warner Bros. will shift the contract talks to the cast. The original five cast members – Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (Penny), Simon Helberg (Howard) and Kunal Nayyar (Raj) – are in the final years of their contracts. Only Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) and Mayim Bialik (Amy) closed new deals at the end of last season. The rumors have Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco-Sweeting expected to sign a deal similar to that of Friends stars in the past at $1 million per episode.