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Award-winning ratings smashThe Big Bang Theorywill end with the finale of its 12th season in May next year, CBS said on Wednesday, lavishing praise on the long-running comedy.

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Focusing on a highly intelligent but socially-awkward professor & his group of scientist friends, "Big Bang" was the biggest comedy ratings draw on broadcast television for years, winning 10 Emmys. — AFP Photo

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LOS ANGELES — Award-winning ratings smash The Big Bang Theory will end with the finale of its 12th season in May next year, CBS said yesterday, lavishing praise on the long-running comedy.

Focusing on a highly intelligent but socially-awkward professor & his group of scientist friends, Big Bang was the biggest comedy ratings draw on broadcast television for years, winning 10 Emmys.

"We are forever grateful khổng lồ our fans for their tư vấn of The Big Bang Theory during the past 12 seasons," CBS said in a statement released jointly with producers Warner Bros. Television & Chuck Lorre Productions.

"We, along with the cast, writers & crew, are extremely appreciative of the show’s success và aim to deliver a final season, & series finale, that will bring The Big Bang Theory to lớn an epic creative close."

The show – which will kết thúc its 12-year run on 279 episodes – is a rare example of a long-running hit TV series that has managed to lớn retain its massive viewing figures.

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The last season attracted an audience of almost 19 million per episode, not far off its ninth season peak of 20.4 million.

It hit the headlines in its most recent seasons for a khuyến mãi which meant its lead cast of Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar, Simon Helberg, Kaley Cuoco, Mayim Bialik và Melissa Rauch all earning the same – estimated at a shade under US$1 million an episode.

"There are many ways to lớn look at the dozen years of Big Bang Theoryas we draw lớn a close, but for me it will be the family that gathered each week to create a true labor of love," tweeted co-creator Bill Prady.

"I will treasure my Big Bang family to lớn the kết thúc of my days."

Last year CBS premiered Young Sheldon, a prequel series starring Iain Armitage as a nine-year-old version of nerdy genius Sheldon Cooper. It begins its second season on CBS in September.

The main show’s final season premieres on Monday September 24 before shifting back lớn its regular Thursday time slot. — AFP