“The Big Bang Theory” premieres at 8:30 p.m. Eight episodes out of its initial 13-episode order aired before the 2007-08 Writers Guild strike halted production.
Prady: “I personally have always credited the Writers Guild strike [for building the show’s audience]. CBS reran those eight episodes, I think, three times. But what they were observing was that they were holding steady in the ratings.”
Lorre: “When the strike ended, I was frightened that we wouldn’t even come back, that we wouldn’t get a second season. We certainly hadn’t had a chance to really land as a series yet. But we came back and kind of relentlessly and maniacally wrote and shot nine more shows in, like, two months. We so much wanted to do anything we could to get the show grounded and create some kind of body of work for the first season.”
Source and more: Variety