The cast of The Big Bang Theory

If there’s anything Sheldon and the gang would approve of, it’s evidential proof. 

So, as the series starts its 12th and final season, here’s the statistics to prove The Big Bang Theory is the best comedy of the 2000s.

12 – The number of seasons it will run for. 

73 – Sheldon Cooper’s favourite number. It’s the 21st prime number.

2008 – The year Mayim Bialik, the actress who plays Amy, received her advanced degree in neuroscience.

5 – The number of main characters in the original season – Leonard, Sheldon, Penny, Howard and Raj.

4 – Times Jim Parsons won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series at the Emmys for playing Sheldon.

46 – Total Emmy nominations it has received so far.

2017 – The year the prequel series Young Sheldon started.

24 – The day in September 2007 the pilot premiered.

2 - Auditions Jim Parsons had before he was cast as Sheldon.

279 – Episodes in the full series once it’s finished.

2013 – The year a team of Brazilian biologists named a bee after the show – It’s called Euglossa bazinga!

3 – Times Sheldon must knock on a door before saying the person’s name. He must also repeat this process three times before the person can open the door.

2311 – North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, California - the address of the famous apartment building.

4A – the apartment number Sheldon, Leonard and Penny have all lived in.

1701 – Wil Wheaton’s fictional house number. This is also a reference to Wheaton’s role on Star Trek: The Next Generation as it is the hull number of the U.S.S. Enterprise.

900,000 – Dollars earned per episode by Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar. All three took a $100,000 pay cut in 2017 so Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch could both have a pay rise.

314 – Amy’s apartment number, which is also a reference to the first three digits of pi.

17 – Episodes in the first season. This was the shortest season of the series because of the Writer's Guild of America strike of 2007/2008.

30 – The day in April that is the shared birthday of Johnny Galecki and Kunal Nayyar, but they are born 6 years apart.

173 – Leonard Hofstadter’s IQ.

16 – The age Sheldon was when he received his PhD.

4.3 – Jokes per minute in an episode, according to

18.63 million – The average number of US viewers for season 11.

Season 12 of The Big Bang Theory premieres Tuesday 25 September at 5.30pm on TVNZ OnDemand.