'Big Bang Theory' scores a three-year pickup

big-bang-theory-castImage Credit: CBSExcellent news for fans of Sheldon, Leonard, Penny, Howard and Raj: CBS has renewed its top-rated The Big Bang Theory for an additional three years, extending its run through the 2013-14 season.

“It doesn’t take a theoretical physicist to see why this show is a BIG part of our comedy future,” said CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler. “From ratings to critical acclaim to pop culture buzz, it’s struck a chord on all levels. The creative genius of Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady and the on-camera talents of an amazing young ensemble have created a comedy that will entertain viewers for a long time. We’re proud to partner with Warner Bros. on another highly successful, long-running comedy.”

Theory, which premiered in September 2007, finished the 2009-10 season as the No. 1 scripted series in adults 18-49 and the No. 2 comedy among viewers. Currently in its fourth season, the sitcom made a successful transition to its new Thursday time period, and has emerged as the night’s top comedy in viewers and adults 18-49. It is averaging 13.8 million viewers (up 7 percent versus the year-ago time period) and a 4.7 rating/14 share in adults 18-49.

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  • Grandy

    (cue laugh track, cue taped applause)

    • Leithen

      Why? The show doesn’t use them.

      The wonders of a live studio audience.

    • David

      I’ve been at a live taping – they don’t use a laugh track.

    • Ian

      Cue Grandy’s descent into being a typical hipster moron who hates anything that large numbers of OTHER people love. Surely it’s a sign of how much he has going on in his own life, right?

  • bill


  • JLC

    That press release sounds like a 30 Rock bit.
    I like this show, but three more years sounds like a lot. Oh, well. If it’s one thing CBS is good at, it’s having shows long overstay their welcome.

    • redskull

      That’s because they’ve got nothing waiting in the wings to replace aging shows.

    • jack

      Sort of like shows such as “The Office” and “30 Rock?”

  • Dicazi

    Cool! This is one of the very few popular shows that I love.

  • PV


  • Miss Talk

    Good for the BBT cast but I need to know: are those “early” pick ups have anything to do with avoiding rise in salary? Just asking.

    On another note:
    we know you don’t care that much about BET but are you really NOT going to talk about the return of “The Game” and the 7 millions of viewers who tuned in? Really?

  • Katja

    I know the writing isn’t always completely brilliant, but I find this show solidly entertaining and the characters/actors appealing. I’m happy it’ll keep on going.

  • redskull

    Yes, they film BBT live, but rest assured ALL live sitcoms still sweeten the audience reaction a bit. Can’t have a joke fall flat now, can we?

    • Mike

      You mean fall flat like every “joke” on 30 Rock?

  • Eric


  • Nick

    I 2nd a BAZINGA!!!!!

  • Abe Froman

    Remember what happened when ABC gave the Drew Carey show a multi-year pickup? The show tanked before the ink was dry on the deal, and they were stuck with it. Not that I think this will happen with BBT, but it’s always risky.

    • Mitch Logan

      You beat me to it.

      I saw a taping of Drew Carey during its final year and it was a bizarre energy on the set.

  • Rob

    I watch Community live and PVR Big Bang. While I think Community is far superior, I really do enjoy the easy laughs that Big Bang produce. It is happy news.

    • Thalia

      I do this, too. While I enjoy Big Bang Theory immensely, I really wish Community would get more love.

  • JimmyH

    Another three years of Kaley Cuoco…Yes!

  • Jim

    I’m in the 70+ demographic and I love BBT.

  • A

    “The creative genius of Chuck Lorre…” lmao!

    • Abe Froman

      Yes, he is a creative genius. How many hit TV shows have you had?

      • John

        Yes, he’s a creative genius. One, he knows how to charm an audience. Two, he keeps that audience coming back, wanting more (The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, all HUGE hits at the minute!) and three, he hasn’t been out of work since 1990, and that’s rare in the television industry.

      • Eric

        Hit’s at the MINUTE? Really? Big Bang has been on 4 years now and it’s been huge all of them. Two and a Half Men has been on even longer. Calling them HUGE hits at the minute makes you sound ignorant and it clearly points out you’re just trying to be negative. Nobody respects you. … or your comment.

    • A

      The only thing genius about him is that he knows that most people are stupid enough to gobble up his crappy sitcoms thinking they are the best of the best on TV. Actually, I guess that does make him a genius.

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