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‘The Big Bang Theory’ finale: The end of an era in TV programming?

‘The Big Bang Theory’ finale: The end of an era in TV programming?

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist — or geeky physicists, for that matter — to realize that the conclusion of “The Big Bang Theory,” the most-watched comedy on television and a centerpiece of one of TV’s most profitable nights, is a blow to CBS. The network had been bolstered by the prime-time powerhouse for the better part of a decade.

But the end of the series, which wraps its 12-season run Thursday, has raised another question: Is “The Big Bang Theory” the last of its kind? A relic of a departed era of television when a mainstream sitcom could command a massive audience?

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