TV's Highest Paid Stars: What They Earn

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    DRAMA (per episode)
    Mark Harmon (NCIS): $525,000 + points

    COMEDY (per episode)
    Ashton Kutcher (Two and a Half Men): $750,000

    Howard Stern (America's Got Talent): $15 million per year

    LATE NIGHT (per year)
    Jon Stewart (The Daily Show): $25-30 million

    NEWS (per year)
    Matt Lauer (NBC): $22-25 million

    Judy Sheindlin (Judge Judy): $47 million
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    Movie actors migrating to TV. Controversial stars on the comeback trail. It's our annual salary report!

    by Stephen Battaglio and Michael Schneider, TV GUIDE MAGAZINE

    The reason Robin Williams is returning to series television after 31 years is pretty simple: "It's great for me to have a steady gig," he says. That attitude may explain the continuing influx of movie stars to TV, which has created a buyer's market for networks and studios looking for big names to front their new shows. "Movies are done, unless you're an action star," says one TV executive. "They are no longer making the kind of movies Robin Williams would star in." Thanks to the greater supply of quality actors, networks and producers in recent years have tried to cap starting salaries at $125,000 an episode. That's still the case, based on conversations with agents, producers, studio chiefs and network heads for our annual list of star salaries.

    There are always exceptions, especially for marquee names with track records on TV. Williams is estimated to be getting $165,000 an episode for the CBS comedy The Crazy Ones. Michael J. Fox is said to be at $150,000 for his new NBC series, with producer fees that push him closer to $200,000.

    NCIS star Mark Harmon earns $525,000 per episode--a 5 percent increase over his last deal--and he'll also own a share of the show's profits. NBC kept Law & Order: SVU's Mariska Hargitay at close to the nearly $400,000 an episode she earned last season, while providing such perks as fewer work days and shorter hours.

    Though cable salaries are generally lower than those on broadcast networks, stars on hot series are catching up. Claire Danes and Damian Lewis of Homeland have seen their pay more than double to around $250,000 now that the Showtime drama is a worldwide hit. With their shows' recent renewals, the leads on HBO's True Blood and Game of Thrones can command higher fees. But ensembles are less dependent on stars--and a willingness to take creative risks gives producers more leverage, so characters can be killed off if negotiations don't go well.

    Agents are hopeful that the explosion of scripted programs across many platforms will raise demand (and prices) for actors. For Season 1 of Netflix's House of Cards, it's estimated that Kevin Spacey earned up to $350,000 an episode. But the increase in viewer choices also means smaller ratings across the board, making it harder to justify some big salaries. Even though Jay Leno is still the late-night ratings champ, he took a pay cut of more than 20 percent in his final contract to host Tonight. David Letterman's take has also dropped; it's now down to about $20 million per year.

    Stars also face a new economic reality when they want to make a comeback. Isaiah Washington earned six figures as one of the stars of Grey's Anatomy. His dismissal from the show in 2007 after using a gay slur cost him big time: He's now making an estimated $35,000 per episode on The CW's midseason show The 100.

    Yet huge paydays are still possible. Some network executives believe Jon Stewart is pulling in as much as $30 million a year to host The Daily Show, making him late night's highest paid star. Next year, while their show is the No. 1 primetime comedy and a massive hit in syndication, The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco will be negotiating new contracts. Insiders expect the actors to seek $1 million an episode, not unlike the Friends stars in their final years. So anyone who thinks the days of big money are over, we've got one word for you: Bazinga!

    DRAMA (per episode)
    Mark Harmon, NCIS $525,000 + points
    Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit $400,000
    Simon Baker, The Mentalist $350,000
    Patrick Dempsey, Grey's Anatomy $350,000
    Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy $350,000
    Ellen Pompeo, Grey's Anatomy $350,000
    Michael C. Hall, Dexter $300,000
    Jon Hamm, Mad Men $275,000
    Stephen Moyer, True Blood $275,000
    Anna Paquin, True Blood $275,000
    Alexander Skarsgard, True Blood $275,000
    Claire Danes, Homeland $250,000
    Damian Lewis, Homeland $250,000
    David Boreanaz, Bones $250,000
    Emily Deschanel, Bones $250,000
    Ted Danson, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation $250,000
    Keifer Sutherland, 24 $250,000
    Michael Weatherly, NCIS, $250,000
    Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad $225,000
    Jeffrey Donovan, Burn Notice $200,000
    Laurence Fishburne, Hannibal $175,000
    Lauren Graham, Parenthood $175,000
    Pauley Perrette, NCIS $175,000
    Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones $150,000
    Lena Headey, Game of Thrones $150,000
    Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad $150,000
    Lucy Liu, Elementary $130,000
    Greg Kinnear, Rake $125,000 + points
    James Spader, The Blacklist $125,000
    Blair Underwood, Ironside $120,000
    Connie Britton, Nashville $105,000
    Keri Russell, The Americans $100,000
    Gillian Anderson, Hannibal $100,000
    Toni Collette, Hostages $100,000
    A.J. Cook, Criminal Minds $100,000
    Kirsten Vangsness, Criminal Minds $100,000
    Christina Hendricks, Mad Men $100,000
    Kerry Washington, Scandal $80,000
    Demian Bichir, The Bridge $75,000
    Jennifer Carpenter, Dexter $75,000
    Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel $75,000
    Clark Gregg, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. $75,000
    Matthew Rhys, The Americans $75,000
    Rebecca Romijn, King & Maxwell $75,000
    Jon Tenney, King & Maxwell $75,000
    Andrew Lincoln, The Walking Dead $70,000
    Noah Emmerich, The Americans $50,000
    Tatiana Masiany, Orphan Black $50,000
    Kurtwood Smith, Resurrection $50,000
    Mireille Enos, The Killing $45,000
    Megan Follows, Reign $37,000
    Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black $35,000
    Isaiah Washington, The 100 $35,000
    Adelaide Kane, Reign $30,000
    Teri Polo, The Fosters $25,000
    John Schneider, The Haves and the Have Nots $25,000

    LATE NIGHT (per year)
    Jon Stewart $25-30 million
    Jay Leno $20 million
    David Letterman $20 million
    Conan O'Brien $12 million
    Jimmy Fallon $11 million
    Jimmy Kimmel $10 million
    Chelsea Handler $8 million
    Craig Ferguson $8 million
    Seth Myers $3 million
    Andy Cohen $2 million
    Keith Olbermann $2 million
    Kenan Thompson $25,000 per episode

    COMEDY (per episode)
    Ashton Kutcher, Two and a Half Men $750,000
    Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men $650,000
    Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory $325,000
    Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory $325,000
    Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory $325,000
    Dan Castellaneta, The Simpsons $300,000
    Julie Kavner, The Simpsons $300,000
    Yeardley Smith, The Simpsons $300,000
    Tim Allen, Last Man Standing $235,000
    Patricia Heaton, The Middle $235,000
    Jason Segel, How I Met Your Mother $225,000
    Alyson Hannigan, How I Met Your Mother $225,000
    Josn Radnor, How I Met Your Mother $225,000
    Cobie Smulders, How I Met Your Mother $225,000
    Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother $225,000
    Ed O'Neill, Modern Family $200,000 + points
    Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation $200,000
    Julie Bowen, Modern Family $175,000
    Ty Burrell, Modern Family $175,000
    Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family $175,000
    Sofia Vergara, Modern Family $175,000
    Robin Williams, The Crazy Ones $165,000
    Zooey Deschanel, New Girl $125,000
    Anna Faris, Mom $125,000
    Allison Janney, Mom $125,000
    John Goodman, Alpha House $100,000
    Jeremy Sisto, Suburgatory $100,000
    Jane Lynch, Glee $80,000
    Lea Michele, Glee $80,000
    Matthew Morrison, Glee $80,000
    James Caan, Back in the Game $75,000
    Max Greenfield, New Girl $75,000
    Sarah Hyland, Modern Family $70,000
    Rico Rodriguez, Modern Family $70,000
    Ariel Winter, Modern Family $70,000
    Rebel Wilson, Super Fun Night $65,000 + points
    Jeff Garlin, The Goldbergs $60,000
    Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory $50,000
    Kristen Johnston, The Exes $50,000
    Allison Williams, Girls $50,000
    Elijah Wood, Wilfred $50,000
    Melissa Joan Hart, Melissa & Joey $25,000
    Joey Lawrence, Melissa & Joey $25,000
    Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer $25,000
    Ashley Rickards, Awkward $20,000

    Judy Sheindlin, Judge Judy $47 million
    Kelly Ripa, Live with Kelly and Michael $20 million
    Maury Povich, Maury $14 million
    Katie Couric, Katie $10 million
    Queen Latifah, The Queen Latifah Show $5-10 million
    Michael Strahan, Live with Kelly and Michael $4 million
    Sharon Osbourne, The Talk $1 million
    Regis Philbin, Crowd Goes Wild $1 million
    Aisha Tyler, The Talk $500,000

    Judge Judy's Court of Appeal
    Judy Sheindlin
    probably didn't need the $2 million raise she received in the $47 million contract that will keep her presiding on Judge Judy through 2017. But it's clear that she's earning it. As the top-rated syndicated daytime show, Judge Judy took in $230 million in advertising in 2012, according to Kantar Media. Local TV stations enter into bidding wars for the right to carry it from CBS Television Distribution because the show delivers a big lead-in to their early-evening newscasts. The show also airs in 100 markets overseas. According to Bill Carroll, the syndication guru at Katz Television, Sheindlin's bosses aren't complaining about her rate: "CBS doesn't pay people more than what it believes they're worth." --SB
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    WHAT THEY EARN, continued...

    Howard Stern, America's Got Talent $15 million per season
    Kardashian family, Keeping Up with the Kardashians $10 million per season
    Keith Urban, American Idol $5 million per season
    Blake Shelton, The Voice $4 million per season
    Adam Levine, The Voice $4 million per season
    Jeff Probst, Survivor $4 million per year
    Kelly Rowland, The X Factor $2.5 million per season
    Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race $2 million per year
    Vicki Gunvalson, The Real Housewives of Orange County $450,000 per season
    Robertson family, Duck Dynasty $250,000 per episode
    Naomi Campbell, The Face $75,000 per episode
    RuPaul, RuPaul's Drag Race $50,000 per episode
    Darrell Sheets, Storage Wars $25,000 per episode
    June Shannon, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo $20,000 per episode
    Reza Farahan, Shahs of Sunset $18,000 per episode

    There's No Place Like a Pricey Home
    Now that Howard Stern has a $15 million gig as a judge on America's Got Talent, in addition to the estimated $100 million a year he collects from his Sirius XM radio gig, he likely didn't sweat much when he closed on a $52 million oceanfront mansion in Palm Beach, Florida. Here are some other stars who either upgraded or added addresses in the past year. --Elizabeth Wagmeister

    Elizabeth DeGeneres & Portia De Rossi Santa Barbara, CA $26.5 million
    Mariska Hargitay Upper West Side, New York City, NY $10.7 million
    Claire Danes & Hugh Dancy West Village, New York City, NY $6.8 million
    Michael C. Hall Los Feliz, Los Angeles, CA $3.8 million
    Anna Faris & Chris Pratt Nichols Canyon, Los Angeles, CA $3.3 million
    Mindy Kaling Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, CA $1.7 million
    Aaron Paul Sunset Strip, Los Angeles, CA $1.4 million

    How Much the Moguls Make
    When TV stars become producers, they sometimes earn more than the people who employ them. That's the case with Simon Cowell, whose X Factor franchise airs all over the world; Oprah Winfrey, the purveyor of her OWN cable network; and Ryan Seacrest, who has become a reality-TV mogul. Here's how their reported total 2012 incomes rank compared to those of the chief executives at some of the top media companies. --SB

    Simon Cowell $95 million
    Oprah Winfrey $77 million
    Leslie Moonves, CBS $62 million
    Ryan Seacrest $61 million
    David Zaslav, Discovery $50 million
    Rupert Murdoch, News Corporation $28 million
    Jeff Bewkes, Time Warner $26 million
    Steve Burke, Comcast $26 million

    NEWS (per year)
    Matt Lauer, NBC $22-25 million
    Bill O'Reilly, FNC $17 million
    Brian Williams, NBC $13 million
    Diane Sawyer, ABC $12 million
    Anderson Cooper, CNN $10 million
    Rachel Maddow, MSNBC $7 million
    Megyn Kelly, FNC $6 million
    Robin Roberts, ABC $6 million
    Ann Curry, NBC $5 million
    Chris Matthews, MSNBC $5 million
    Scott Pelley, CBS $5 million
    Hoda Kotb, NBC $3 million
    Chris Cuomo, CNN $2.5 million
    Sam Champion, ABC $2 million
    Josh Elliott, ABC $1.8 million
    Tamron Hall, MSNBC $1.2 million
    Jake Tapper, CNN $1 million
    Chuck Todd, NBC $1 million
    Candy Crowley, CNN $600,000
    Newt Gingrich, CNN $600,000
    Kate Bolduan, CNN $500,000
    Suzanne Malveaux CNN $500,000
    Sarah Palin, FNC $250,000
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