CBS has renewed The Big Bang Theory — aka TV’s most watched, highest rated comedy — for not one, not two, but three more seasons, it was announced on Wednesday.
As such, Sheldon, Leonard, Penny et al will be sticking around through the 2016-17 TV season aka Big Bang‘s Season 10.
“Comedy is a big part of our schedule, and The Big Bang Theory is the biggest comedy force on television,” CBS Entertainment chair Nina Tassler said 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 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.”
Season 7 to date, Big Bang is averaging 19.8 million weekly viewers and a 6.1 demo rating, with Live+7 DVR playback factored in. As previously reported, Season 8 likely will kick off (temporarily) on a new night, due to CBS’ new Thursday Night Football commitment.