The Big Bang Theory's Two-Season, 48-Episode Renewal (Finally) Official

Carla Harmon
March 20, 2017

Meanwhile, series regulars Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik are expected to have their per-episode salary bumped up to $500,000 per episode once their contracts have been signed off.

Sources say stars Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Johnny Galecki (Leonard) and Kaley Cuoco's (Penny) new deals will see the trio take a pay cut to $900,000 per episode - down from the $1 million per episode and points (1.25 percent) of the show's lucrative back-end that they scored three years ago.

A report by Deadline has confirmed that The Big Bang Theory has been renewed through to 2019, bringing the series up to twelve seasons. The pair, who began as guest stars on season 3, have only been earning between $175,000 and $200,000 per episode as of their most recent contract negotiations.

The popular comedy series, which premiered back in September 2007, has been television's #1 comedy in viewers since 2010-2011 and continues as the #1 comedy in key demographics for the fifth straight season. What's more, Big Bang, the most watched comedy series since 2010-11, is still packing the elusive live audience, averaging more than 14 million live viewers for an original telecast.

THE BIG BANG THEORY has earned critical acclaim and award recognition. Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro, who produce Big Bang, also will produce Sheldon.

Next year CBS will air a "Big Bang Theory" prequel show called "Young Sheldon", which will be narrated by Jim Parsons as he chronicles his character's early life as a child genius.

The series is from Chuck Lorre Productions in association with Warner Bros.

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