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Great 'Big Bang Theory' news came out, as the show was renewed for three more years. This is a very impressive note from 'The Bing Bang Theory' and CBS, especially because it's typical for shows to be picked up one year at a time. For 'The Big Bang Theory' to get three new years added on to their current run, it puts the show into some very rare territory when it comes to show renewals.
The renewal of The Big Bang Theory will extend the CBS hit through at least the 2013-14 television season. The renewal comes from a mix of great ratings and critical acclaim, and it didn't hurt that Jim Parsons recently won a best actor award for his role as Sheldon. The show continues to receive great buzz around the industry, and fans should be very pleased that CBS has just invested quite a bit of money into keeping the show on the air.
'The Big Bang Theory' has remained the No. 1 scripted series for adults 18-49 and continues to be the No. 2 comedy on television among all viewers. Those are impressive numbers, and the show only finishes behind 'Two and a Half Men' for the category of all comedies. The January 6th episode brought in a rating of 14.01, which was good enough to win the 8 pm time slot, and high enough to place the show third for Thursday night in all shows. Fellow CBS shows 'The Mentalist' (10 pm) and 'CSI' (9 pm) were the only shows to draw more viewers.
Some viewers were concerned that when CBS decided to move the show from Monday nights to Thursday nights that the ratings would take a hit, but that has not happened. Now the show has become the most watched show in its time slot by more than three million viewers (on average) every Thursday night. As the show gains more notoriety, it is also gaining more followers, and that should increase DVD sales of the seasons. That's the big dream for promoters of the show, but also for those that hold syndication rights of 'The Big Bang Theory' in the future.
For those who haven't watched an episode of 'The Big Bang Theory' yet, it is a smartly written show about four scientists and their daily lives. The three main characters are physicists that have never been very good at social interaction and the girl that moves in next door in their apartment complex. Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper), Johnny Galecki (Leonard Hofstadter), and Kaley Cuoco (Penny) play the main characters, and they have become extremely recognizable for their roles.
New episodes of 'The Big Bang Theory' air at 8 pm on CBS most Thursdays.