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TV's Top Comedy Gets a Multiyear Extension TVWeek

The top comedy on television will be around at least through the 2016-2017 season after securing a multiyear broadcast agreement. CBS today announced the big renewal deal for "The Big Bang Theory."

The show is television's most-watched comedy, and the highest-rated broadcast entertainment program in the key 18-49 demo, the network noted. The network renewed the series for three additional years.

Said Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment: “Comedy is a big part of our schedule, and 'The Big Bang Theory' is the biggest comedy force on television. This multiyear 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.”

"Big Bang" is averaging 19.79 million total viewers this season, up 4% from last year. It has delivered a 6.1 rating/19 share in adults 18-49, 7.8/21 in adults 25-54 and 4.5/16 in adults 18-34, making it the highest-rated non-sports program in all of these demographics.

The show comes from Chuck Lorre Productions Inc. in association with Warner Bros. TV, and stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch. Executive producers are Lorre, Molaro and Bill Prady.

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