The Big Bang Theory cast and creators sat down for an Emmy panel on the Burbank soundstage where their show is filmed Thursday, to answer questions and talk about their hit sitcom. As "The Big Bang Theory" incredibly enters its seventh season this fall, it's managed to do something unheard of in the TV biz, which is to actually grow it's audience, according to TV Guide on Friday, Aug. 16.
The CBS comedy finished last season with 18.6 million viewers and a 6.2 rating in the all important adults 18-to-49 demographic, making it the No. 1 comedy by both measures
"Big Bang" even toppled ABC's "Modern Family" to become TV's No. 1 scripted comedy.
The sitcom has accomplished what few shows on television have done before. It has actually grown its viewership since the first season by more than 10 million viewers, and it continues getting bigger.
That's called a feat unheard of for a show heading into its seventh season. The ratings are only outdone perhaps by the sitcom's eight Emmy nominations this year, including Comedy Series, Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Jim Parsons and Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Mayim Bialik.
When asked about how long the "The Big Bang Theory" might go on, star Johnny Galecki admitted he doesn't think they've told even half the stories these characters have to tell.
But he does admit the show's got to be over the half-way mark at this point. "I'm certainly not halfway through personally working with all of these people, so I hope (to continue)", Galecki said.
Executive Producer Bill Prady told TVGuide.com he thinks the show can continue because, "no one has gone crazy and no one is mean". He also credits the addition of new female cast members as another reason for Big Bang's success.
Steve Molaro taking over as showrunner, and adding Bialik's Amy Farrah Fowler and Melissa Rauch's Bernadette Rostenkowski has allowed "Big Bang" to reach its groove.
Series co-creator Chuck Lorre said in his opening remarks that they never envisioned their current success when the show started, saying, "the last couple years have been beyond our wildest dreams", according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Lorre attributed the rare ratings growth for an aging television show, to syndicated repeats airing on TBS, thus helping to hook new viewers to a comedy about a, "lovable group of nerds navigating life and love".
"The Big Bang Theory" returns on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.