CBS has announced that the upcoming twelfth season of “The Big Bang Theory” will be the last for the comedy.
The decision just over two weeks after CBS Entertainment head Kelly Kahl said the network was discussing continuing the show beyond the new season. Now, in a joint statement, Warner Bros. Television, CBS and Chuck Lorre Productions say:
“We are forever grateful to our fans for their support of The Big Bang Theory during the past twelve seasons. We, along with the cast, writers and crew, are extremely appreciative of the show’s success and aim to deliver a final season, and series finale, that will bring The Big Bang Theory to an epic creative close.”
The series was renewed for Seasons 11 and 12 last year, with the five original castmates — Jim Parsons, Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg — all scoring new deals. The recent eleventh season was a ratings juggernaut, averaging a 2.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 14 million viewers per episode in Live+Same Day.