2009: A Look Ahead Posted December 23, 2008

2009: A Look Ahead

This year, 2008, was a good a year for The Big Bang Theory. It has grown its audience to over 10 million, and is regularly being mentioned in the press. What then does the year 2009 hold for the show?

Firstly, the remaining 13 episodes of Season 2 will air between January & May. We can probably look forward to a Season 2 DVD in September, before the very-likely 3rd season begins. With the ratings this show has achieved recently a 3rd season is pretty certain. Big Bang has not only improved its own ratings, but has helped the lead-out How I Met Your Mother do better as well. We will not know for certain for another few months, but it's very likely, in our view, that the show will be back.

There is, however, some less good news, and it's called House. FOX will be moving the popular drama House to 8/7c on Mondays, up against Big Bang & Mother. Those shows took on the ratings behemoth Dancing with the Stars and survived, but House poses a different - and tougher - problem. While Dancing gets huge audience figures, the show attracts older viewers; House, however, has a younger audience; these are the people who would might otherwise be watching Big Bang. What all that means is Bang's ratings will fall when House goes up against it. They're vying for the same audience. The news doesn't get much better later on in the year either, Dancing with the Stars returns in the spring and will conspire with Daylight Savings Time to lower the viewing figures further. DST means fewer people will be watching TV at 8PM and that smaller audience will now have even more shows to choose from. We predict ratings will fall back to 9 million from January, perhaps to 8 million as the year rolls on. Some of Bang's success over the last couple of weeks has simply been lack of competition. CBS will, of course, be expecting all this, so it shouldn't worry us too much for the show's future, 9 million would still be a good audience.

On the show next year, we know Sheldon will get a nemesis, played by John Ross Bowie. We also know, as that part of that storyline, there will be robot wars & some geeky trash-talk as well!

That is the end of our look into 2009. Hopefully, you are now more aware of what Big Bang can expect in 2009. This will probably be the final post of this year, so we'd like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, a happy holiday season, and a safe & happy New Year!

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