Will there be another season of The Big Bang Theory?
Yes. CBS has already renewed the show for a twelfth season.
In March 2017, CBS renewed The Big Bang Theory for another two seasons, taking the show through to its twelfth season.
When will the next season air?
In the 2018/19 season.
CBS will announce its fall line-up for 2018/19 in May 2018 at the Upfronts.
In January 2018 it was confirmed that the FOX network had won the rights to Thursday Night Football for the next five seasons, taking them away from CBS and NBC who had shared the rights in recent years. For the past few seasons, CBS would start The Big Bang Theory on Monday nights while Thursday Night Football aired, before moving the show back to Thursdays in November.
Will there be a thirteenth season of The Big Bang Theory or is the show ending?
It is too early to say. The show's future has not been confirmed, one way or another, past the twelfth season.
CBS may signal at its Upfronts in May 2018 whether it expects the twelfth season to be last and will be promoting it as the final season. On the other hand, the network might leave open the possibility that they could renew the show again during the twelfth season.
The Big Bang Theory is still the top-rated sitcom on television and is an important part of CBS's line-up, but long-running shows do get more expensive to produce as they go on and this can lead to declining returns. TV viewing is falling across the board, hurting networks' ad revenues and their ability to pay high licensing fees for shows. Additionally, the financial incentives for a studio to produce more seasons at this point in a show's run are not as strong as they would be for a show in its early years which has only just been sold into syndication. The Big Bang Theory's hugely profitable run in syndication would not necessarily be aided by another season of episodes, as the studio is paid by the week - not by the episode.
The show's cast have also recently indicated that they expect the show to end in the near future. The cast are only signed through to the twelfth season, meaning another renewal would require contract negotiations will all seven stars. A decision about ending the show could come from the cast or crew if they feel the show has run its course.
What about the current season?
It is airing now.
CBS is currently airing the eleventh season of The Big Bang Theory, which will contain twenty-four episodes and end in May 2018.
With the question of when The Big Bang Theory will end on fans' minds, the cast are often asked to address if the show is about to end. Here are some of the latest comments from interviews with the cast and crew:
- Jim Parsons Shares His Thoughts on Whether The Big Bang Theory Is Coming to Its End - Parade.com
- Mayim Bialik on ‘Big Bang Theory’ Ending Rumors: I Think Everyone Will Be Happy to Do Other Stuff - US Magazine
- Is The Big Bang Theory Ending After Season 12? Johnny Galecki Says... - E! Online