Who’s Being Paid Big?


Here is a list of new television stars, and what they are making (from highest to lowest)

DRAMA:
Chris ODonnell (NCIS: Los Angeles) – $150,000 an episode
LL Cool J (NCIS: Los Angeles) – $150,000 an episode
Peter Krause (Parenthood) – $125,000 an episode

COMEDY:
Patricia Heaton (The Middle) – $200,000 an episode
Kelsey Grammer (Hank) – $175,000 an episode
Jenna Elfman (Accidentally on Purpose) – $125,000 an episode
Courteney Cox (Cougar Town) – $100,000 an episode
Joel McHale (Community) – $50,000 an episode

Now, here are some notables who are not new this year (from highest to lowest)

DRAMA:
Kiefer Sutherland (24) – $550,000 an episode (HIGHEST PAID DRAMA STAR)
Hugh Laurie (House) – $400,000 an episode
Mark Harmon (NCIS) – $325,000 an episode
Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy) – $275,000 an episode
Tim Roth (Lie to Me) – $250,000 an episode
Simon Baker (The Mentalist) – $250,000 an episode
Tom Welling (Smallville) – $175,000 an episode
Jennifer Love Hewitt (Ghost Whisperer) – $150,000 an episode
Blake Lively (Gossip Girl) – $50,000 an episode

COMEDY:
Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men) – $875,000 an episode (HIGHEST PAID COMEDY STAR)
Women of Desperate Housewives (Desperate Housewives) – $400,000 an episode each
Cast of The Simpsons (The Simpsons) – $400,000 an episode each
Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) – $300,000 an episode each
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) – $150,000 an episode
Jay Mohr (Gary Unmarried) – $150,000 an episode

LATE NIGHT:
Letterman – $32 million a year (HIGHEST PAID LATE NIGHT HOST)
Leno – $30 million a year
O’Brien – $14 million a year
Kimmel – $6 million a year

CABLE:
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) – $275,000 an episode (HIGHEST PAID CABLE STAR)
Denis Leary (Rescue Me) – $250,000 an episode
Holly Hunter (Saving Grace) – $150,000 an episode
Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice) – $135,000 an episode
Jon Hamm (Mad Men) – $75,000 an episode

NEWS:
Katie Couric (CBS) – $15 million a year (HIGHEST PAID NEWS ANCHOR)
Matt Lauer (NBC) – $13 million a year
Diane Saywer (ABC) – $12 million a year
Meredith Vieira (NBC) – $10 million a year
Bill O’Reilly (FOX News) – $10 million a year
Keith Olberman (MSNBC) – $7.5 million a year
Larry King (CNN) – $7 million a year

REALITY:
Ryan Seacrest (American Idol) – $15 million a year
Jeff Probst (Survivor) – $150,000 an episode
Jon and Kate (Jon and Kate Plus 8) – $75,000 an episode

MORE –
DRAMA:
Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni (Law and Order: SVU) – $400,000 an episode
Marg Helgenberger (CSI) – $390,000 an episode
David Caruso (CSI: Miami) – $375,000 an episode
Laurence Fishburne (CSI) – $375,000 an episode
Kate Walsh (Private Practice) – $250,000 an episode
Patrick Dempsey (Grey’s Anatomy) – $250,000 an episode
Calista Flockhart (Brothers and Sisters) – $250,000 an episode
Patricia Arquette (Medium) – $225,000 an episode
Sally Field (Brothers and Sisters) – $150,000 an episode
Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl) – $50,000 an episode

COMEDY:
Zach Braff (Scrubs) – $350,000 an episode
Julia Louis Dreyfus (Old Christine) – $275,000 an episode

LATE NIGHT:
Jon Stewart – $14 million dollars a year
Saturday Night Live player – $7,500 an episode (starting salary)

CABLE:
Glenn Close (Damages) – $200,000 an episode
Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck) – $175,000 an episode
Thomas Jane (Hung) – $75,000 an episode

NEWS:
Anderson Cooper (CNN) – $5 million a year
Wolf Blitzer (CNN) – $3 million a year
Chris Matthews (MSNBC) – $3 milion a year
Glenn Beck (FOX News) – $2 million a year

REALITY:
Lauren Conrad (The Hills) – $75,000 an episode
Real Housewives and Miami Social – $2,500 an episode to $5,000 an episode

OTHER:
Private Pilot – $1,044 a day
Singer (on camera) – $845 a day
Stunt Performer – $782 a day
Dancer – $782 a day
Background Actor – $134 a day

*ALL OF THESE NUMBERS ARE FROM THE AUGUST 10-23rd EDITION OF TV GUIDE MAGAZINE. THE ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY STEPHEN BATTAGLIO.
** NOT ALL TV STARS WERE INCLUDED ON THE LIST.

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