The series finale of “The Big Bang Theory” airs on Thursday, concluding the longest-running multicamera series of all time.
After 12 seasons, the sitcom was still one of the most popular shows on TV. It was the second-highest-rated series of 2018 according to Nielsen ratings, only behind “Roseanne.”
And both of those shows were canceled.
Actor Jim Parsons decided not to renew his contract last year, putting the final nail in the show’s coffin and walking away from $1 million an episode. The final season premiered in September.
“It was the first time in my life of doing this show that it occurred to me that I might want to not do another contract after [season] 12 was up,” Parsons told The Hollywood Reporter.“I don’t know if it’s because I’m an Aries or just because maybe I’m in touch with myself. Whatever it…