The Big Bang Theory was canceled…
In actuality, CBS announced Wednesday that the smash sitcom has been renewed for not just one, but three more seasons. If our calculations are correct, this means that geeky comedy will reach a total of 10 seasons in the 2016-2017 television year before any further negotiations are needed. It's time to through a [insert your favorite nerdy thing here]-themed party!
The Big Bang Theory continues to be a weekly hit for CBS, snagging its highest ratings to date in its current seventh season—a feat that is typically unheard of in today's post-Friends world. On average Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Penny (Kaley Cuoco) and the others bring in 19.779 million viewers with a 6.1 ratings in the coveted 18-49 demographic.
In addition to being a hit with the fans, star Jim Parsons, has become a breakout hit in the eyes of the critics. The 40-year-old actor has won a total of three Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, with his quirky and intense portrayal of Dr. Sheldon Cooper.
"Comedy is a big part of our schedule, and The Big Bang Theory is the biggest comedy force on television," Nina Tassler, CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler, said in a press release Wednesday.
"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."
The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on CBS.