“The Big Bang Theory” continues to be the top rated comedy on TV, averaging 18.9 million viewers, according to Deadline.com. The CBS sitcom’s stars and producers answered questions and discussed the show at the annual PaleyFest in Los Angeles this week. What’s ironic is that a TV comedy show that’s comprised of a group of nerdy physicists and other scientists would be on top of the ratings heap, at the same time an epic discovery in the field of physics occurred. Scientists revealed today they believe they’ve discovered the elusive “God particle”, an important subatomic building block for explaining matter, according to CBS News.
“The Big Bang Theory” wasn’t even in the top-40 shows when they first attended the public question and answer panel session back in 2009, according to CBS. Last week’s first-run episode of the program saw more than 20 million viewers, second only to NCIS, but tops in the advertiser coveted 18- 49 year-old demographic.
The difference is being credited to syndication. Since TBBT debuted on TBS and other independent stations in reruns, it’s hooked an audience that missed them when first aired on CBS. Viewers are now tuning into the first-run shows on CBS on Thursday nights.
Simon Helberg, one of the show’s stars joked at PaleyFest, “You're kind of forced to watch the show now. We're shoving it down people's throats, and then they're learning that they love that”.
The cast and co-creator Chuck Lorre balked at revealing what lies ahead for the characters, but Helberg had his own theory. “Well I think (Howard's) pants will probably be as skinny and probably a bit tighter.
"I think that Sheldon will probably still be sitting in his spot. It may be in a different apartment. I think he'll sit in that spot until he's in a home”, Helberg said with a laugh.
When asked if Amy, played by Mayim Bialik of “Blossom” fame, and Emmy-winning Jim Parson’s character Sheldon will ever consummate their relationship, the producers would only say it’s something they’re considering. That prompted Parsons to joke that he and Bialik “can’t wait to rehearse”.
Meanwhile, the success of a show about physicists was punctuated by news today that actual physicists announced that they believe they have discovered the subatomic particle called a Higgs boson, which will go a long way toward explaining what gives electrons and all matter in the universe size and shape.
First imagined back in 1964, the so-called “God particle” as its come to be known, will hopefully help explain the creation of the universe, which many theorize occurred in a massive explosion known as the Big Bang.