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  • 'Big Bang' leads list of CBS renewals

  • Here's an announcement written in the stars: CBS has renewed "The Big Bang Theory" for an additional three years, taking it into the 2016-2017 season.
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  • Here's an announcement written in the stars: CBS has renewed "The Big Bang Theory" for an additional three years, taking it into the 2016-2017 season.
    It's the second time the series has scored a three-season renewal. And one doesn't need to be a science nerd to understand how the power behind the comedy's ratings plays into its life extension.
    The Thursday series is TV's top-rated comedy among adults ages 18-49. The series, currently in its seventh season, is averaging a hefty 19.8 million viewers per week and a whopping 6.1 among the 18-49 demo.
    "Comedy is a big part of our schedule, and 'The Big Bang Theory' is the biggest comedy force on television," said Nina Tassler, chairman, CBS Entertainment, in a statement.
    CBS, the No. 1 network, has renewed 19 other prime-time series for next season.
    Nine dramas winning a return include "NCIS," "NCIS: Los Angeles," "Person of Interest," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Hawaii Five-O" and "Blue Bloods," as well as "Criminal Minds," "Elementary" and "The Good Wife."
    Renewed comedies include "2 Broke Girls," "Two and a Half Men" and "Mike & Molly," plus freshmen sitcoms "The Millers" and "Mom."
    "Survivor," "The Amazing Race," "Undercover Boss," "60 Minutes" and "48 Hours" will also return.
    Still to be decided is the fate of "The Mentalist," "Intelligence" and "The Crazy Ones."
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