2 Updates
Bigger Bang for Big Bang; Here's The Theory Why
Photo Credit: TV Guide

Bigger Bang for Big Bang; Here's The Theory Why

Jan 24 2013, 8:50am CST | by

The Big Bang Theory has turned into a full-blown supernova. The sitcom, now in its sixth season, has been on a roll this year, posting ratings highs several weeks in a row. On Jan. 10, it crossed...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos Tweets

 
 
 

1 year ago

Bigger Bang for Big Bang; Here's The Theory Why

Jan 24 2013, 8:50am CST | by

Jim Parsons | Photo Credits: Michael Yarish/CBS

The Big Bang Theory has turned into a full-blown supernova. The sitcom, now in its sixth season, has been on a roll this year, posting ratings highs several weeks in a row. On Jan. 10, it crossed the threshold of 20 million viewers for the first time.

"We think it's pretty amazing," says executive producer Steve Molaro, who took over as showrunner this season from Bill Prady, co-creator of the series with Chuck Lorre. "It's an honor to have so many people watching the show." Molaro credits the sitcom's exposure in syndication — particularly on TBS, where Big Bang often tops the cable ratings charts — for boosting the CBS episodes. "Syndication has reached a lot of new people," he says. "I try not to get caught up in the numbers, but it's fun."

It's not a new trend: NBC's Law & Order and CBS' NCIS saw their ratings surge once syndicated episodes started blanketing cable channels. On CBS, Big Bang averaged 13.4 million viewers in season 4; but last year, after entering syndication, the show climbed to 16 million. So far this year, Big Bang is averaging a stunning 19 million.

"Every once in a while I get to speak to people who are watching the show and they'll be talking about episodes and something that we did five years ago," says Lorre. "So clearly those shows are still out there working. The show is very much alive."

When Big Bang joined NCIS in the elite 20 million-plus club in January, CBS became the first network to have two scripted series reach that large an audience in the same week since 2007. "Our economic model thrives on a show being exploited on different platforms," says CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler. "Obviously, the success it's having in syndication cycles back and gives us, I think, that bump in broadcast."

The impact of the syndicated run has even hit home for Molaro, who said his children have caught up on series repeats in recent months. "In the beginning, they were bummed out that I had quit iCarly to work on The Big Bang Theory," he muses. "Now it's on all the time. I come home and sometimes say, 'Can you shut it off?'"

Big Bang was also eventually helped by a move two years ago to Thursdays at 8/7c, a time period once dominated by NBC comedies like Friends. Now ABC and NBC struggle in that slot, while Fox's singing shows in the hour have lost some teeth. The addition of Lorre's established sitcom Two and a Half Men at 8:30/7:30c this season gave Big Bang a stronger lead-out as well.

Tassler and Lorre also credit the success to Molaro's influence. "You can't tell the story this year of what's happening with The Big Bang Theory without talking about Steve Molaro, who has stepped up in an enormous way," Lorre says. "He's had a profound impact on the sensibility of the show."

With characters like Sheldon (Jim Parsons), Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) now firmly established, Molaro says he has been able to expand their scope "in new and fun ways. These characters are growing and getting deeper. We can do stories with a little more heart than they used to in the early days," Molaro says. "Stories that impact the characters a little bit more." That includes evolving the on-again, off-again relationship between Leonard and Penny.

Lorre says the secret sauce for a smash comedy starts with characters. "You must care about them," he says. "From the beginning, Bill and I were intent on doing a show about people who felt disenfranchised from the mainstream, and how they find each other and create a surrogate family. I think it's really easy to fall in love with these characters."

The other ingredient? You've got to bring "genuine laughs," Lorre says. "Not a smirk or a giggle or chuckle or grin, but actual laughs. That's what we're trying for."

Lorre hopes to continue his streak with his next half-hour, Mom, starring Anna Faris as a newly sober single mother in Northern California's Napa Valley. That CBS pilot will shoot in April, after Lorre's other shows wrap, so that he can use his usual crews. "We're really lucky to have Anna," Lorre says. "She's just perfect, a dream casting from my perspective. She'll have the capacity to allow the audience in, to not only get the funny working but to allow the audience to care. It goes back to the caring about the characters before the laughs come in."

Big Bang's ratings surge comes just as the networks start ordering their comedy pilots for next fall, and Tassler believes the success of her more traditional sitcoms will likely inspire her competition to schedule shows with a broader appeal. "That's certainly the conversation," Tassler says. "And I think that copying is the sincerest form of flattery, so we're fine with that.

Subscribe to TV Guide Magazine now!

View original Bigger Bang for Big Bang ; Here's The Theory Why at TVGuide.com

Other Links From TVGuide.com

Source: TV Guide

 
Update
2

Tweets

 
 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/8" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi is the founding Chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at ml@i4u.com. Luigi posts regularly on LuigiMe.com about his experience running I4U.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

IPad Air Giveaway 2014 is Online
IPad Air Giveaway 2014 is Online
Our sister site I4U News is giving away a brand new iPad Air or if you can wait an iPad Air 2. This is an $499 value.
 
 
Most Popular TV Series of 2014
Most Popular TV Series of 2014
The most popular TV series released in 2014 include such incredible shows as True Detective and Fargo.
 
 
True Blood Arrives in its Wacky, Sexy Final Season
True Blood Arrives in its Wacky, Sexy Final Season
The vampire series True Blood has arrived in its wacky final season. Director Stephen Moyer and his wife Anna Paquin, who played Sookie, also pose 'Nude' for the cover of Entertainment Weekly.
 
 
Game of Thrones: Maisie Williams Discusses Last-Minute Changes in Season 4 Finale
Game of Thrones: Maisie Williams Discusses Last-Minute Changes in Season 4 Finale
Maisie Williams, who plays Arya in The Game of Thrones recently discussed some last-minute changes in the popular series.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

1,074 new dengue cases in Chinese province
Beijing, Oct 18 (IANS) China's Guangdong province has reported 1,047 new cases of dengue fever, health authorities said Saturday. Six people have already died in Guangdong -- five in Guangzhou and one in adjacent...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Blake Lively 'always' wanted to be mum
Blake Lively has ''always'' wanted to be a mother. The 27-year-old actress is expecting her first child with husband Ryan Reynolds and she admits she's been dreaming of this moment since she was a youngster. Speaking...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Kris Jenner 'torn apart' by Bruce's new relationship
Kris Jenner feels ''torn apart and angry'' that Bruce Jenner is dating her former assistant. The 58-year-old matriarch split from the 64-year-old Olympic gold medalist last October following 22-years of marriage but is...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini won't move to France
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini doesn't want to move to her husband's home country of France. The 'X Factor' judge, 31, who comes from Newcastle, is adamant she won't be relocating any time soon to suit her new spouse Jean-...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Lance Bass sets wedding date
Lance Bass has set a date for his wedding. The former *NSYNC singer and his partner Michael Turchin, who have been dating for two-and-a-half years, are to tie the knot on December 20, 2014, a representative for the...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Nepal avalanche toll reaches 39
Kathmandu, Oct 18 (IANS) At least 39 climbers died while hiking on a key Nepali route after it was hit by a major snowstorm and avalanches earlier this week, BBC reported Saturday citing officials. Over 350 stranded...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Jake Gyllenhaal says society is complicit in 'nightcrawling'
Jake Gyllenhaal says almost everybody in society ought to relate to his new movie 'Nightcrawlers'. The eagerly-awaited film concerns those people who monitor police scanners and then race to crime scenes to film eye-...
Read more on Movie Balla
 
India eves look for first win in AFC U-16 qualifiers
Dhaka, Oct 18 (IANS) India will hope to register their first win of the 2015 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-16 Women's Championship qualifiers when they take on hosts Bangladesh in a crucial encounter at the...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Moyes mulling return to management
London, Oct 18 (IANS) Former Manchester United manager David Moyes said that he is ready to revive his managerial career six months after being sacked by the 'Red Devils'. "I am ready to return. I have enjoyed the...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Ebola fears loom over Ghana hosting AFCON
Accra (Ghana), Oct 18 (IANS) The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) cautioned the government Saturday against hosting the 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), despite a request by the Confederation of African Football (...
Read more on Sport Balla