As reported earlier, CBS has renewed The Big Bang Theory for two more seasons. However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the sitcom’s leading cast members took a pay cut during renewal negotiations.
The Big Bang Theory is currently in its 10th season. The popular comedy stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar, Simon Helberg, Melissa Rauch, and Mayim Bialik.
According to THR, the five leading cast members (Parsons, Galecki, Cuoco, Nayyar, and Helberg) all took a $100,000 pay cut to support fellow co-stars Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik’s demand for salary parity.
While the five leads are expected to make $900,000 per episode for seasons 11 and 12, Rauch and Bialik have been paid $175,000 per episode since their last contract negotiations three years ago. Though THR says the odds of Rauch and Bialik receiving salary parity are slim, The Big Bang Theory remains a hot property for CBS.
So far, season 10 is averaging a 3.27 rating in the 18-49 demo and 14.528 million viewers, making it the network’s highest-rated series. Additionally, CBS has ordered a spinoff of the sitcom, Young Sheldon, that will focus on Jim Parson’s Big Bang Theory character as a kid growing up in Texas.
What do you think? Do you watch Big Bang Theory? Do you think Rauch and Bialik deserve the same salary as the lead cast members?