For a while now, executives and actors have been working towards reaching an agreement so that The Big Bang Theory get to air for more seasons than the many we’ve had so far. Fortunately for us, an agreement has been reached and it extends the series for two more seasons!
Throughout this whole negotiation process it was reported that the original cast members (Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg) even went on to take pay cuts in order to help their newer colleagues Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik get a raise in their paychecks, since there was a huge gap between what they were earning as compared with what they original cast members did.
Reportedly, the original cast members were earning up to $1 million per episode, while Rauch and Bialik, who joined the show back in its third season, were just earning about $200 thousand, one fifth of what their colleagues were making. Given how the whole cast is really close behind the scenes, it was only logical for them to cooperate among themselves, so Parsons, Galecki, Cuoco, Nayyar and Helberg agreed to take a cut equivalent to $100 thousand, allowing for Rauch and Bialik to earn up to $450 thousand per episode.
Now, with the new deal between CBS Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, we will be having some The Big Bang Theory for two more years of the #1 comedy in key demographics, which is averaging 19.40 million viewers, 5.1/19 in adults 18-49 and 6.9/21 in adults 25-54 throughout its current season.
The Big Bang Theory airs on Thursdays, on CBS.