If you like The Big Bang Theory, we've got great news. If you don't ... well, you're just going to have to grit your teeth for a few more years.
The wildly popular CBS sitcom about a group of scientists/sci-fi and comic-book enthusiasts just got renewed for not one, not two, but three more seasons, thanks to a deal struck by CBS and the show's studio, Warner Bros. Television. The renewal will take it through the 2016-2017 TV season, which means it's now guaranteed to reach season 10.
“Comedy is a big part of our schedule, and The Big Bang Theory is the biggest comedy force on television,” CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler said. “This multi-year deal further strengthens our network’s position for future seasons and marks another chapter in the great partnership CBS enjoys with Warner Bros. Television for delivering audiences the best in comedy. We’re proud to work with and showcase the incredible talents of Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro and this amazing cast every week.”
While many network shows are lucky to break even or just retain a sizable portion of their audiences from season to season these days, The Big Bang Theory has just kept getting bigger. Its viewer numbers and demo scores for the current, seventh, season have nearly doubled the strong numbers the show put up in season one, and the series shows no signs of slowing down. It's also making boatloads of cash in syndication (it's on TBS roughly 1,000 hours per week) and in international broadcasts, so Warner Bros. has every reason to keep it going, and going, and going until everyone is sick of it. And while I can practically feel some of you groaning and shouting "I've been sick of it since season two!", the show's averaging almost 20 million viewers, so it's hard to argue it's not good for business.
So, even after this season wraps, we're now set to have at least 70-odd more episodes of The Big Bang Theory on our hands in the next three years. Will the show keep up its steady and relentless ratings growth, or will it finally show signs of fatigue in seasons eight, nine and ten? We'll find out, even if some of us would rather not.