Who’s Being Paid Big – 2011 Edition


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DRAMA (Upcoming Series)
Kiefer Sutherland (Touch) – $225,000 an episode
Maria Bello (Prime Suspect) – $125,000 an episode
Christina Ricci (Pan Am) – $125,000 an episode
Eddie Cibrian (The Playboy Club) – $100,000 an episode
Michael Emerson (Person of Interest) – $100,000 an episode
Sarah Michell Gellar (Ringer) – $100,000 an episode
Poppy Montgomery (Unforgettable) – $85,000 an episode
Jason O’Mara (Terra Nova) – $75,000 an episode
Minka Kelly (Charlies Angels) – $50,000 an episode
Britt Robertson (The Secret Circle) – $30,000 an episode

DRAMA (Returning Series)
Hugh Laurie (House) – $700,000 an episode
Mark Harmon (NCIS) – $500,000 an episode
Mariska Hargitay (Law and Order: SVU) – $395,000 an episode
David Caruso (CSI: Miami) – $375,000 an episode
Marg Helenberger (CSI) – $375,000 an episode
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) – $350,000 an episode
Simon Baker (The Mentalist) – $300,000 an episode
Patrick Dempsey (Grey’s Anatomy) – $275,000 an episode
Kate Walsh (Private Practice) – $275,000 an episode
Ted Danson (CSI) – $225,000 an episode
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) – $180,000 an episode
Kathy  Bates (Harry’s Law) – $175,000 an episode
Jon Hamm (Mad Men) – $175,000 an episode
Dana Delany (Body of Proof) – $150,000 an episode
Jon Mantegna (Criminal Minds) – $130,000 an episode
Tom Selleck (Blue Bloods) – $130,000 an episode
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) – $125,000 an episode
William H. Macy (Shameless) – $125,000 an episode
Jared Padalecki (Supernatural) – $125,000 an episode
Cote de Pablo (NCIS) – $120,000 an episode
Thomas Gibson (Criminal Minds) – $120,000 an episode
Alex O’Laughlin (Hawaii Five-0) – $115,000 an episode
Nathan Fillion (Castle) – $100,000 an episode
Angie Harmon (Rizzoli and Isles) – $80,000 an episode
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire) – $75,000 an episode
Danny Pino (Law and Order: SVU) – $75,000 an episode
Blake Lively (Gossip Girl) – $60,000 an episode

COMEDY (Upcoming Series)
Tim Allen (Last Man Standing) – $225,000 an episode
Christina Applegate (Up All Night) – $125,000 an episode
Zooey Deschanel (The New Girl) – $90,000 an episode
Kevin Dillon (How to Be a Gentleman) – $80,000 an episode
Will Arnett (Up All Night) – $75,000 an episode
Jamie Pressly (I Hate My Teenage Daughter) – $75,000 an episode
Whitney Cummings (Whitey) – $60,000 an episode

COMEDY (Returning Series)
Ashton Kutcher (Two and a Half Men) – $700,000 an episode
Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men) – $600,000 an episode
Julie Kavner (The Simpsons) – $400,000 an episode
Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives) – $375,000 an episode
Tina Fey (30 Rock) – $350,000 an episode
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) – $300,000 an episode
Angus T. Jones (Two and a Half Men) – $250,000 an episode
Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory) – $250,000 an episode
Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) – $250,000 an episode
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) – $250,000 an episode
David Duchovny (Californication) – $225,000 an episode
Patricia Heaton (The Middle) – $225,000 an episode
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) – $200,000 an episode
James Spader (The Office) – $125,000 an episode
Ed O’Neil (Modern Family) – $105,000 an episode
Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory) – $100,000 an episode
Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory) – $100,000 an episode
Jane Lynch (Glee) – $60,000 an episode
Joel McHale (Community) – $60,000 an episode
Matthew Morrison (Glee) – $55,000 an episode
Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) – $30,000 an episode

LATE NIGHT
David Letterman (CBS) – $28 million a year
Jay Leno (NBC) – $25 milion a year
Conan O’Brien (TBS) – $10 million a year
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC) – $8 million a year
Jimmy Fallon (NBC) – $5 million a year
Steve Colbert (Comedy) – $4 million a year
Chelsea Handler (E!) – $3.5 million a year
George Lopez (TBS, until tonight) – $3 million a year
Carson Daly (NBC) – $1 million a year

DAYTIME/TALK SYNDICATION
Judy Sheindlin (Judge Judy) – $45 million a year
Joe Brown (Judge Joe Brown) – $20 million a year
Kelly Ripa (Live! with Regis and Kelly) – $20 million a year
Regis Philbin (Live! with Regis and Kelly) – $15 million a year
Phil McGraw (Dr. Phil) – $15 million a year
Mario Lopez (Extra, H8R, America’s Best Dance Crew) – $3.5 million a year
Billy Bush (Access Hollywood) – $3 million a year
Nancy O’Dell (Entertainment Tonight) – $3 million a year

REALITY
Simon Cowell (The X Factor) – $75 million per season; includes producer free
Ryan Seacrest (American Idol) – $15 million per season
Paula Abdul (The X Factor) – $2.5 million per season
Nicole Scherzinger (The X Factor) – $1.5 million per season
Christina Aguliera (The Voice) – $225,000 an episode
Gordon Ramsay (Kitchen Nightmares, Hell’s Kitchen) – $225,000 an episode
Jeff Probst (Survivor) – $200,000 an episode
Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars) – $150,000 an episode
Gene Simmons (Family Jewels) – $125,000 an episode
Phil Keoghan (The Amazing Race) – $100,000 an episode
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (Jersey Shore) – $100,000 an episode
Blake Shelton (The Voice) – $75,000 an episode
Adam Levine (The Voice) – $75,000 an episode
Cee Lo Green (The Voice) – $75,000 an episode
Nick Cannon (America’s Got Talent) – $70,000 an episode
Howie Mandel (America’s Got Talent) – $70,000 an episode
Cat Deely (So You Think You Can Dance?) – $60,000 an episode
Chris Harrison (The Bachelor) – $60,000 an episode
Padma Lakshmi (Top Chef) – $50,000 an episode
Carson Daly (The Voice) – $40,000 an episode
Curtis Stone (Top Chef Masters) – $20,000 an episode
Teen Mom Cast – $3,000-$5,000 an episode

NEWS
Matt Lauer (NBC) – $17 million a year
Brian Willaims (NBC) – $13 million a year
Diane Sawyer (ABC) – $12 million a year
Anderson Cooper (CNN and Syndication) – $11 million a year
Keith Olbermann (Current TV) – $10 million a year + equity in Current TV
Bill O’Reilly (FOX News) – $10 million a year
Robin Roberts (ABC) – $6 million a year
George Stephanopoulous (ABC) – $6 million a year
Scott Pelley (CBS) – $4 million a year
Christiane Amanpour (ABC) – $2 million a year
Erin Burnett (CNN) – $2 million a year
Steve Kroft (CBS) – $2 million a year
Piers Morgan (CNN) – $2 million a year
Lawrence O’Donnell (MSNBC) – $2 million a year
Sarah Palin (FOX News) – $1 million a year
Mike Huckabee (Huckabee) – $500,000 a year

MEDIA MOGULS
Phillipe Dauman (Viacom) – $84 million (149% higher than last year)
Les Moonves (CBS Corporation) – $57.7 million (Up from $11.7 million last year)
David Zaslav (Discovery Communications) – $42 million (34% higher than ast year)
Bob Iger (Walt Disney Company) – $28 million (35% higher than last year)

*All numbers are from the August 15th-August 28th issue of TV GUIDE MAGAZINE. The article is written by Stephen Battaglio and Michael Schneider.

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