One of WarnerMedia brass’ top goals for the company’s upcoming streaming service HBO Max was to have the biggest comedy series of the past couple of decades, Friends and The Big Bang Theory — both produced by sibling Warner Bros. TV — at launch to help drive subscribers to the new offering. After shelling out $425 million for the exclusive streaming rights to Friends, taking it away from Netflix, HBO Max has now secured the exclusive streaming rights to all 12 seasons of The Big Bang Theory.
When the Emmy nominations are released Tuesday, the HBO fantasy saga could be in the running for television’s top honor for its eighth and final season. It’s earned three previous top drama series awards and is the defending champ.
CBS announced Monday that after the Big Bang finale on May 16, the network will air Unraveling the Mystery: A Big Bang Farewell, a half-hour special in which stars Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco take viewers behind the scenes of the longest-running multi-camera comedy series in television history.
Airing at 8 p.m. on CBS, Big Bang Theory averaged a 2.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 13.6 million viewers. It was nevertheless the top-rated and most-watched show of the night. On NBC, Thursday Night Football drew a 10.7 rating in metered market households, making it the highest-rated Thursday night game in nearly two months.
The DVR playback numbers are in for fall TV premiere week’s Monday and Tuesday offerings, and CBS’s The Big Bang Theory as usual got much bigger, while NBC’s This Is Us solidified its position as a breakout hit.
The Fox drama Empire is by far TV’s No. 1 scripted show with women 18-49. Last week it rated with that demo a full point ahead the demo’s second favorite show, The Big Bang Theory.
TV’s costliest shows this season are the ones that have a preponderance of live viewership. Football continues to dominate as the most expensive programming for advertisers, with NBC’s Sunday Night Football and CBS’s Thursday Night Football coming in No. 1 and No. 2 in broadcast, respectively, on Ad Age’s annual pricing survey.
Bazinga! A three-year renewal will carry TV’s most-watched sitcom through the 2016-17 season, the series’ 10th on the air.
CBS finished first behind Robin William’s new comedy for the night among 18-49s with a 3.7 rating and an 11 share. ABC, led by Gray’s Anatomy, came in second at 2.7/8. Fox, with Glee, was third at 2/6, and NBC was fourth at 1.7/5. The Crazy Ones can thank CBS favorite The Big Bang Theory, which aired back-to-back episodes, for the big assist.
CBS’s position as the network with the most viewers is amplified in a new poll that has four of its shows topping the list of America’s favorites. Based on the Harris poll of nearly 2,300 adults, The Big Bang Theory, NCIS, Criminal Minds and CSI lead the rundown.
CBS has renewed The Big Bang Theory for three more seasons. The multi-year deal means the hit comedy, which stars Emmy winner Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco, will go on through the 2013-14 season.
In scientific terms, the popularity of CBS’s The Big Bang Theory could be likened to an asteroid: It started out small, quietly orbiting Monday nights, ranking 59th for total viewers its first season. By 2009, it had risen to No. 42, and by last season it hit No. 12. This season, it got moved and Thursday nights have exploded. Now CBS is beating NBC at its own game: comedy. Big Bang is dominating Community in the ratings, and in its wake, the critically reviled $#*! My Dad Says is besting the critically worshipped 30 Rock.