The Big Bang Theory will continue through 2018/2019 after CBS Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television struck a broadcast agreement for two more seasons, solidifying 48 more episodes and at least a 12-season run.
The agreement comes as the five original cast members Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg each took a $100,000 pay cut from their $900,000-per-episode salaries to free up funds for raises for female co-stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch. The two have been core members of the show for seven years and are said to earn around $175,000 to $200,000 per episode.
The sitcom, which premiered in September 2007, has been the network’s top-rated comedy in key demographics for the fifth straight season, averaging 19.4 million viewers, according to a press release from CBS.
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