Here's an announcement written in the stars: CBS has renewed "The Big Bang Theory" for an additional three years, taking it into the 2016-2017 season.
It's the second time the series has scored a three-season renewal. And one doesn't need to be a science nerd to understand how the power behind the comedy's ratings plays into its life extension.
The Thursday series is TV's top-rated comedy among adults 18-49. The series, currently in its seventh season, is averaging a hefty 19.8 million viewers per week and a whopping 6.1 among the 18-49 demo.
“Comedy is a big part of our schedule, and 'The Big Bang Theory' is the biggest comedy force on television,” said Nina Tassler, chairman, CBS Entertainment, in a statement. “This multi-year deal further strengthens our network’s position for future seasons and marks another chapter in the great partnership CBS enjoys with [show producer] Warner Bros. Television for delivering audiences the best in comedy. We’re proud to work with and showcase the incredible talents of [executive producers] Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro and this amazing cast every week.”
The announcement puts the comedy as CBS' first scripted pickup for next season.