Kaley Cuoco, Lauren Graham And Judy Sheindlin Among Top Earning TV Stars

With television shows attracting audiences like never before, small-screen actors are netting some of the biggest salaries of Hollywood.

Variety released its list of TV’s top-earning stars across comedy, drama, reality and news on Tuesday, and their whopping salaries are sure to surprise!

Topping the list under the comedy category are “The Big Bang Theory” stars Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, and Johnny Galecki, who all rake in $1 million per episode.

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Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel are top-earners among their drama counterparts thanks to their Netflix revival of “Gilmore Girls” which each scores them $750,000 per episode. “NCIS” actor Mark Harmon and “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey are close behind with salaries of $525,000 and $500,000 (per episode) respectively.

Among reality show and news personalities, the outspoken Judge Judy Sheindlin finds herself way ahead of the pack with her estimated yearly income of $47 million. Matt Lauer comes in second with a salary that ranges from $22 million to $25 million per year. And Ellen DeGeneres trails him with an estimated $20 million in yearly income.

Check out the top five earners from each category below:

– Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”) – $1,000,000
– Kaley Cuoco (“The Big Bang Theory”) – $1,000,000
– Johnny Galecki (“The Big Bang Theory”) – $1,000,000
– Dwayne Johnson (“Ballers”) – $400,000
– Drew Barrymore (“Santa Clarita Diet”) – $350,000

– Lauren Graham (“Gilmore Girls”) – $750,000
– Alexis Bledel (“Gilmore Girls”) – $750,000
– Mark Harmon (“NCIS”) – $525,000
– Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”) – $500,000
– Peter Dinklage (“Game of Throne”) – $500,000

– Judy Sheindlin (“Judge Judy”) – $47 million
– Matt Lauer (“Today”) – $22-25 million
– Bill O’Reilly (“The O’Reilly Factor”) – $18-20 million
– Kelly Ripa (“Live With Kelly”) – $16-20 million
– Miley Cyrus (“The Voice”) – $13-15 million



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