Surprise, surprise, and a hearty "bazinga" to fans everywhere. CBS' unstoppable juggernaut 'The Big Bang Theory' continues to reign supreme as one of the most-watched series on television, and the CBS empire has no intention of letting it go quietly into the night. The nerd comedy has been renewed for an additional three seasons, keeping Sheldon, Leonard, Penny, Howard, Raj, Bernadette and Amy Farrah Fowler on the air through at least 2017.

Despite its sheer scope, the move can hardly be considered a surprise, given the ratings and awards 'The Big Bang Theory' continues to rake in each season. Not only that, but this is actually the CBS comedy's second three-season renewal, further strengthening relations with sitcom magnate Chuck Lorre overall. Worth noting is that the licensing renewal does not include cast salary negotiations for series stars and original cast members Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, the former three of which will no doubt secure a major payday for their involvement.

Says CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler of the renewal:

Comedy is a big part of our schedule, and 'The Big Bang Theory' is the biggest comedy force on television. This multi-year deal further strengthens our network’s position for future seasons and marks another chapter in the great partnership CBS enjoys with Warner Bros. Television for delivering audiences the best in comedy. We’re proud to work with and showcase the incredible talents of Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro and this amazing cast every week.

Currently in its seventh season, 'The Big Bang Theory averages 19.79 million viewers in most current ratings, garnering a 6.1/19 scoring among adults 18-49. The nerds are certainly here to stay, so tell us what you want to see from future seasons of 'The Big Bang Theory' in the comments!

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