When looking at numbers related to television shows, it can be a tricky thing to keep a show interesting enough to maintain a steady viewing audience, especially getting beyond the fifth season of a particular show. (hollywoodreporter) There are occasional shows that pull off this somewhat miraculous feat, but they start to taper off typically after that point, slowly dwindling in viewers until they’re ultimately canceled or the creators decide to bow out gracefully. (huffingtonpost) It’s incredibly rare to get a show heading into it’s seventh season with some of the highest ratings it’s ever had, even more rare for it to keep those numbers similar, and even rarer still to see the show’s finale actually gain viewers over the prior year. (ew) Taking all that into consideration makes the CBS hit The Big Bang Theory and the run it’s having all the more impressive. The show continues to impress and somehow keeps things fresh, interesting, entertaining, and funny, even past the “prime” for most members of the sitcom family. (thedailybeast) The characters presented in the show are relatable, even though they’re much more intelligent than a typical sitcom viewer, this makes the average person watching at home feel a connection to the characters, and the higher intellect of the people portrayed on the show makes those with above average IQ feel comfortable watching as well. (reddit)
The key to succeeding in things typically comes down to making people want what’s offered, and if you can get a large quantity of people interested the chances for success are bound to rise. (mlive) If you find a way to continue growing your base of consumers, you will continue to see greater and greater success, and if you sustain this growth over a longer than typical time period you stand a chance at reaching unprecedented heights. (wikihow) It’s a bit early to label The Big Bang Theory as the greatest sitcom of all time, but it is making a rapid ascent up the list, approaching the levels of an Everybody Loves Raymond, Friends, and Roseanne, the last of which has it’s own connections to TBBT which makes it even more interesting to think about. (tv) The current top of the mountain for sitcoms is Seinfeld, from the cast of characters presented, the pop culture buzz words they helped spawn, and the supporting cast who were involved in some of the other shows on the list of greats, Jerry has earned his place atop the throne of sitcom royalty. (huffingtonpost) That being the case, we could very well see Sheldon Cooper wearing the crown once The Big Bang Theory finally ends their run, especially considering the plan is to make it to at least twelve seasons. Could we see a new king someday? It’s entirely possible, and I plan to be watching once this possibly historic run finally reaches it’s conclusion.