With the death of Wolowitz’s mom and Leonard and Penny’s marriage on the horizon, things are as lively as ever on The Big Bang Theory. To top it all off, ratings on the hit CBS show remain strong, with last week’s episode hitting 18.17 million viewers, TV By The Numbers reports. What began as an unassuming sitcom about four awkward nerds has become a huge phenomenon.
Last year, Big Bang Theory was renewed for three more seasons (8-10), ensuring that the sensation would live on for at least a few more years. Upon the show’s renewal, CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler made a statement on how important Big Bang Theory had become to the network.
“Comedy is a big part of our schedule, and The Big Bang Theory is the biggest comedy force on television. 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.”
A series couldn’t last as long as Big Bang Theory without being a hit of some kind, and with ratings so high, it’s safe to say the show is a hit. In an interview on Larry King Now, King asked Johnny Galecki, who plays Leonard Hofstadter in the series, what made Big Bang Theory so successful (via Comic Book).
“We were reflecting a world that was happening out there. When I grew up scientists were anti-social people who worked in basements and wore coats and worked with bunson burners, and now they’re in our technology every day, and our technology has almost become fashion accessories. They’re the rock stars of the world. They’re molding our culture. And I think that society knows that. Culture knows that and are aware of that. And we just wanted to reflect what those guys were like behind the technology.”
With nearly eight seasons under their belt, and at least two more on the way, it seems safe to say that this reflection of society has connected with a great number of people.
But should fans expect more than ten seasons of Big Bang Theory?
“99 percent of the time I feel like I’ll do this as long as they’ll have me, absolutely. As long as the audience will have us, I should say.”
While Galecki is by no means the entire cast, his involvement in the series remains crucial to its success. The dynamic between his character and Jim Parson’s Sheldon is half of what makes Big Bang Theory click.
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