Highest Paid TV Actors in 2018! The Big Bang Theory Rules The List
The numbers have spoken! The high-rated comedy show, The Big Bang Theory, may be in its final season, but its stars are still making a lot. According to Forbes, four out of the top five highest-paid TV actors are from the CBS hit comedy, thanks to their monumental paydays. Jim Parsons, who collected $26.5m pretax between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018, is ruling the top spot for four years in a row.
Johnny Galecki is in the number 2 spot with $25 million and co-stars, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg are tie at number 3 with $23.5 million. The four stars’ paychecks were dropped last year from an estimated $1m per episode to $900k to boost their female co-stars, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch’s pay. However, they negotiated a cut and still snag show’s profit, which adds an estimated seven figures a year for each.
The Walking Dead star Andrew Lincoln is new to join the list for which thanks to his hefty paycheck from the AMC show’s final season. Other than Lincoln, the name is pretty much the same on the list except House of Cards star, Kevin Spacey.
Following The Big Bang Theory stars on the list are:
No. 5. Mark Harmon from ‘NCIS’ ($19 million)
No. 6. Ed O'Neill from ‘Modern Family’ ($14 million)
No. 7. Eric Stonestreet from ‘Modern Family’ ($13.5 million)
No. 8. Jesse Tyler Ferguson from ‘Modern Family’ ($13 million)
No. 9. Ty Burrell from ‘Modern Family’ ($12 million)
No. 10. Andrew Lincoln from ‘The Walking Dead’ ($11 million)