CBS can exhale: Two more seasons of ‘Big Bang’
Network renews No. 1 show through 2019, ending months of negotiations
March 21, 2017
CBS has been sweating out the renewal of “The Big Bang Theory” all winter.
Now the network can relax. It’s a done deal.
“Bang,” the No. 1 comedy on television, will return for not one but two more seasons in a deal reached Monday by the network and producer Warner Bros. Television.
Negotiations with the cast had been going on for months, and according to reports the three main stars reupped with slightly smaller deals than they got in their last contracts, freeing up some money for their four co-stars.
Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar all signed, while Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch are expected to sign soon.
By the end of their new contracts, the show will be finishing season 12, which is a long time to stay on one program, especially for stars such as Parsons and Cuoco, who have become more in-demand because of their “Bang” fame.
Why ‘Big Bang’ is CBS’s top priority
The renewal is significant for many reasons for CBS, not the least of which is no network wants to lose its top-rated show.
“Bang” has averaged a 3.3 adults 18-49 rating this season, according to Nielsen, and it ranks as the No. 1 non-sports program on broadcast.
It’s the No. 2 scripted show in total viewers, behind only “NCIS.”
“Bang” becomes all the more important when you look at the rest of the network’s shows. All but two scripted series have seen ratings decline this season, most by double-digit percentages.
“Bang’s” strength and stability become all that more important in that context.
The network has also, for the first time, ordered a spinoff of “Bang,” called “Young Sheldon.” It focuses on Parsons’ character as a child, and the network wants to pair it with “Bang.”
CBS has been launching new comedies off of “Bang” for years, but the vast majority see ratings plummet when they move elsewhere on the schedule. “Sheldon” could have the potential to hold its audience if it’s any good.
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