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It’s official. The hypothesis offered by all the Season Pass contributors who gave two thumbs up to "The Big Bang Theory" has been upheld by America. Show’s a hit.

It’s not a "Friends" or "Everybody Loves Raymond"-size hit, at least not out of the box. But it has held up solidly in its six airings to date (last night averaging 8.9 million viewers and 3.6 rating/9 share in adults 18-49) and is ranking No. 2 in its time slot behind ABC’s "Dancing with the Stars." "Big Bang" builds on its "How I Met Your Mother" lead-in — probably not as much as CBS would like to see, but for a new show, anytime the numbers are going up rather than down, it’s a victory.

Most of all, "Big Bang" is funny, with an ensemble (Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar) that is getting better by the episode. Gee, maybe there’s hope for the multi-camera comedy format after all. Kudos to series co-creators and showrunners Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady and all the other hard-worker staffers on the Warner Bros. TV skein. Here’s hoping that the course of human events and WGA-AMPTP negotiations don’t conspire to shut them down any time soon.

–Cynthia Littleton

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