It is that time of year again and Forbes has released the highest-paid actors on television! Familiar names return to the list and popular show The Big Bang Theory once again dominated the list.
Check out the top 10 highest paid television actors below:
Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead) – $11 million
Ty Burrell (Modern Family) – $12 million
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) – $13 million
Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) – $13.5 million
Ed O’Neill (Modern Family) – $14 million
Mark Harmon (NCIS) – $19 million
Simon Helberg (tie) (The Big Bang Theory) – $23.5 million
Kunal Nayyar (tie) (The Big Bang Theory) – $23.5 million
Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory) – $25 million
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) – $26.5 million
CBS stars alone account for 50% of the list. When it comes to the top ten actors, the five top spots are populated by actors from two CBS shows, per Forbes. Those two shows are NCIS and The Big Bang Theory. The latter series easily dominates the list.
Jim Parsons tops co-star Johnny Galecki’s Big Bang Theory paycheck by $1.5 million. The pay gap between The Big Bang Theory‘s highest-paid star and NCIS lead Mark Harmon a whopping 7.5 million. The difference in pay between Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar’s Big Bang Theory paycheck and Harmon’s is $4.5 million.
Also worth noting is that Mark Harmon is one of only two actors on the list to star in a drama, with The Walking Dead‘s Andrew Lincoln being the other. Everyone else stars in a comedy.