CBS has made a huge commitment to “The Big Bang Theory,” giving it a huge three-season renewal. The pickup runs through the show’s 10th season in 2016-17.
Given its status as the runaway top-rated comedy on TV, a renewal for next season was never in doubt. A three-season renewal, however, is pretty unusual for almost any show — except “Big Bang,” which is at the tail end of a three-season deal CBS gave the show in 2011.
“This multiyear 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,” CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler says. “We’re proud to work with and showcase the incredible talents of [executive producers] Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro and this amazing cast every week.”
So far this season, “The Big Bang Theory” is averaging 19.8 million viewers, third-best on the network TV behind “Sunday Night Football” and “NCIS.” Its 6.1 rating among adults 18-49 is by far the best for any network scripted show and trails only “SNF” for all of broadcast TV.
Contract talks with Kaley Couco Sweeting, Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons, who are expected to negotiate together for hefty raises, are expected to begin soon. They’re reportedly looking for as much as $1 million per episode, up from the $325,000 they currently make. Fellow regulars Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar are also planning to negotiate together and seek raises; Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch signed new deals just before the 2013-14 season started.