Broadcast TV's prime-time powerhouse "The Big Bang Theory" has been renewed by CBS in a rare three-year deal, extending the hit comedy through 2017.
Three other Chuck Lorre series, "Two and a Half Men," "Mike and Molly," and "Mom," are also rumored to be in renewal talks, according to Deadline.com
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The confidence implied by the large deal is not unwarranted, as "The Big Bang Theory" is the top-rated scripted series in the key 18-49 demographic, according to TheWrap.com
. It's also the highest-rated series in syndication, currently running on TBS.
Last season, AMC's "The Walking Dead" led the pack, the first time a cable show has done so.
"Comedy is a big part of our schedule, and ‘The Big Bang Theory’ is the biggest comedy force on television," CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler said in a statement.
2017 will mark the 10th season of "The Big Bang Theory," which has averaged 19.8 million viewers in its seventh season. Impressively, that number is up 4 percent, meaning the show is still gaining new viewers well into its overall run.
In addition to three Emmy nominations for the series, Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon, a nerdy scientist, has won three Emmy Awards for his work on the show.
"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," Tassler added.
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