The Big Bang Theory will be back for three more years, at least, until 2017, according to CBS, while other shows, like The Crazy Ones starring Robin Williams, were not as fortunate, getting the axe. The Big Bang Theory remained the number one comedy on TV for the second straight season, across all demographics, and it raked in huge advertising dollars for CBS.
CBS announced on Friday that 18 of its shows would be picked up for one or more further seasons, including The Big Bang Theory. Other CBS programs that will be coming back are Elementary, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, NCIS, Criminal Minds, The Good Wife, NCIS: Los Angeles, Blue Bloods, Person of Interest, and Hawaii Five-O.
Comedies that will be returning, other than The Big Bang Theory, are Mom, Two and a Half Men, The Millers, 2 Broke Girls, and Mike & Molly.
Besides the Robin Williams vehicle The Crazy Ones, other CBS programs that are being cancelled include the long-running drama The Mentalist, Hostages, and Intelligence.
The Big Bang Theory, which currently airs on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS, will be moving to Mondays during football season beginning with its upcoming eighth season in the fall of 2014. According to CBS president Les Moonves, the move is because of Thursday night football. After football season concludes each year, The Big Bang Theory will likely return to its Thursday time-slot. Moonves reportedly announced this news at the Deutsche Bank Annual Media, Internet & Telecom Conference.
The additional three seasons will put the run of The Big Bang Theory to 10 seasons. It regularly beats its Thursday night competition, ABC’s Once Upon a Time in Wonderland and NBC’s Parks and Recreation and Community.
In its seventh season, The Big Bang Theory continues to be a big money-maker for CBS, earning $326,269 for each 30-second commercial spot. According to the website Trefis.com, that’s more than the higher-rated NBC Wednesday night series The Voice earns for a comparable spot ($264,575), or ABC’s Modern Family which rakes in $257,435 per 30-second spot, or The Simpsons on Fox, at $256,963 per 30-second spot. With The Big Bang Theory earning so much money for CBS, it’s no wonder that it was renewed for an additional three seasons.
The Big Bang Theory is having its highest-rated season yet this year. Leonard Johnny Galecki), Sheldon (Jim Parsons), Penney (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Bailik), Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helburg), Raj Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar), and Bernadette Maryann Rostenkowski-Wolowitz (Melissa Rauch), brought in a staggering 19.779 million viewers on average its seventh season.
Also, actor Jim Parsons, 40, who plays Dr. Sheldon Cooper, has won three Emmys for being the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
Nina Tassler, the CBS Entertainment Chairman, said in a press release this past Wednesday that “The Big Bang Theory is the biggest comedy force on television.”
Also, comedian Bob Newhart will be reprising his role of Professor Proton during the upcoming eighth season of The Big Bang series, which will come as good news to everyone who is a fan of Bob Newhart’s and who enjoyed seeing him back on TV when he made his first two appearances on the hit CBS comedy series, which has been picked up for three more seasons.
Written by: Douglas Cobb