Will there be another season of The Big Bang Theory?
Yes. CBS has renewed The Big Bang Theory for a twelfth season in 2018/19.
When will the new season premiere?
Monday, September 24, 2018
CBS revealed its fall premiere dates for the 2018/19 season in July 2018. The Big Bang Theory's twelfth season will premiere with a special broadcast on Monday, September 24 at 8/7c on CBS. The second season premiere of Young Sheldon will follow at 8:30/7:30c.
There will be a double serving of The Big Bang Theory that week as the show returns to its regular Thursday 8/7c time period on September 27 with another all-new episode. A new episode of Young Sheldon follows as it moves back to its post-TBBT slot at 8:30/7:30c.
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.
Reports in May 2018 suggest Warner Bros. and CBS are in discussions about extending the show past its twelfth season.
At its Upfront presentation in May 2018, CBS suggested it is hopeful for more seasons of The Big Bang Theory. Unveiling its fall line-up, the network did not promote the upcoming twelfth season as the show's final season.
At the Television Critics Association summer press tour in August 2018, CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl said the network was in "preliminary discussions" with Warner Bros. to renew the show, saying the network does not believe the upcoming twelfth season will be the show's final year.
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.
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:
- Big Bang Theory: CBS 'In Preliminary Discussions' for a Season 13 - TVLine.com
- CBS Brass “Hopeful” The Big Bang Theory Would Go Beyond 12 Seasons - Deadline.com
- Is The Big Bang Theory really heading into its final season? - TVLine.com
- Could 'Big Bang Theory,' 'Modern Family' or 'The Goldbergs' End Next Season? - THR.com
- 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