TBS and the Fox TV stations nabbed the off-net rights to The Big Bang Theory beginning in the fall of 2011, it was announced today. The comedy cabler, along with Fox stations located in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas, among others, will air the reruns as weekday, or five-day-a-week, strips.
“The Big Bang Theory presents an increasingly rare proposition for broadcast stations and cable services: the chance to acquire a traditional, multi-camera, A-tier comedy that is still expanding its audience on network television and which is poised for continued growth in future seasons, making it an asset that will only increase in value for Fox and TBS for years to come,” according to Ken Werner, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. “A-tier sitcoms are a very rare breed that only come along once in a television generation. Past generations have each had their examples: Seinfeld, Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond and Two and a Half Men have each transformed the performance of their broadcast and cable outlets.”