I'm curious as to whether a (once?) hugely popular and liked sitcom that is/was The Big Bang Theory be pulled off the air before its final season. The show's longevity was confirmed in March of last year by The Hollywood Reporter
CBS has handed out a hefty three-season renewal for The Big Bang Theory.
The pickup takes TV's No. 1 comedy among adults 18-49 through season 10 and extends the series through the 2016-17 season.The deal marks the second time the series, […] , has earned a massive three-season renewal.
However, according to the website Rotten Tomatoes, the audience ratings for the show are not as high as they once were.
Season six the meter scored 67% among TV critics, and 81% among viewers
Season seven (2013-2014) the ratings rocketed to 100% and 85% respectively.
Season eight (2014-2015) the TV critics seemed to pan the show, only 67% gave a positive review while 71% of RT users who reviewed the show thought it was still good.
- Season nine (2015-2016) so far 84% of the critics have given the sitcom a positive rating while a staggering all-time-low 54% of viewers/fans have praised the show.
Q1. In light of these figures, and I'm sure there must be others similar, how realistic is it for CBS to go ahead with the production scheduled for season 20016-2017?
Also consider the amount of money each episode of TBBT costs to pay three actors' salaries alone.
After months of negotiations, the trio [Galecki, Cuoco, and Parsons] finally banged out new, three-year deals on Sunday that will triple their current $350,000 an episode salary.
Now, the CBS stars will be raking in $1 million paychecks per episode for 72 episodes in the upcoming seasons 8-10. […]
All in, I hear Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco are poised to make at least $90 million dollars each over the lives of the deals ...
Source: Business Insider
Q2. Has there ever been a show which has been pulled off the air despite its contract being extended the previous season or two?