The­ory has proven true

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WHAT a dif­fer­ence four years make. When the cast of The Big Bang The­ory first ap­peared at top Amer­i­can TV cel­e­bra­tion Pa­leyFest in 2009, their sit­com wasn’t even among the top-40 rated shows in the US.

Now the first-run Big Bang episodes top the list in view­ers most cov­eted by ad­ver­tis­ers, those ages 18-49; and it was the sec­ond most-watched show over­all in the US (be­hind NCIS) with more than 20 mil­lion view­ers.

What made Bang so much big­ger? Credit syn­di­ca­tion. Re­runs of the show have been al­most im­pos­si­ble to avoid – in­tro­duc­ing the se­ries and hook­ing mil­lions of view­ers who missed episodes the first time around.

‘‘You’re kind of forced to watch the show now,’’ jokes ac­tor Simon Hel­berg, who plays Howard Wolowitz on the show.

‘‘We’re shov­ing it down peo­ple’s throats, and then they’re learn­ing that they love that.’’

From co-cre­ators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady ( Dharma & Greg), The Big Bang The­ory spins around room­mates, physi­cists Leonard Hof­s­tadter (Johnny Galecki) and Shel­don Cooper (Jim Par­son), as well as their friends, en­gi­neer Howard (Hel­berg) and as­tro­physi­cist Raj Koothrap­pali (Ku­nal Nay­yar).

Par­sons may play a ge­nius, but he’s hav­ing a tough time get­ting his head around the show’s success.

‘‘There’s some­thing im­pos­si­ble to fathom about view­ers and num­bers and things like that,’’ Par­sons says. ‘‘I can barely pic­ture 20 peo­ple in one room. If you want to say 17 or 18 mil­lion, well you’ve lost me.’’

The Big Bang cast and crew were care­ful to with­hold any ma­jor up­com­ing plot de­vel­op­ments, ex­cept for one – a let­ter from Howard’s long-lost fa­ther.

No other cast mem­bers or co-cre­ator Lorre would go near dis­cus­sions of the characters’ fu­tures.

But Hel­berg did agree to dream up a sea­son-20 endgame for the Big Bang bunch.

‘‘Well I think (Howard’s) pants will prob­a­bly be as skinny and prob­a­bly a bit tighter,’’ Hel­berg says.

‘‘I think that Shel­don will prob­a­bly still be sit­ting in his spot. ‘‘It may be in a dif­fer­ent apart­ment. ‘‘I think he’ll sit in that spot un­til he’s in a home. ‘‘Howard and Ber­nadette prob­a­bly will . . . God, God help them if they have chil­dren.

‘‘We know she hates them and we know that Howard, es­sen­tially, is a child. So I wish them luck.’’

Ku­nal Nay­yar, Jim Par­sons, Ka­ley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Hel­berg

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