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CBS Renews 'The Big Bang Theory' Through 2017

March 12th, 2014 10:01pm EDT

The Big Bang Theory CBS announced on Wednesday that it's bringing back hit Thursday night sitcom The Big Bang Theory for another three years.

The network revealed the news that "Television’s #1 Comedy" has been extended through the 2016-2017 season.

"Comedy is a big part of our schedule, and The Big Bang Theory is the biggest comedy force on television," CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler said in a statement. "This multi-year deal further strengthens our network’s position for future seasons and marks another chapter in the great partnership CBS enjoys with Warner Bros. Television for delivering audiences the best in comedy. We’re proud to work with and showcase the incredible talents of Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro and this amazing cast every week."

The show, which is ranked the number-one comedy series in viewership and in the key 18-49 adult male demographic, premiered in 2007 and averages almost 20 million viewers per episode.

The sitcom has won three Emmy Awards, all going to star Jim Parsons for "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series."

The show airs Thursday nights at 8pm.

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