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Big Bang Theory Actors Top 2016 TV Earnings

The Big Bang Theory actors made $94 million in 2016, collectively, and are widely known to be the top earners in television, alongside co-star Kelly Cuoco.

Sep 24, 2016 | By Staff Writer

In somewhat anticlimactic news, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar are the top four best-paid actors on TV (in that order), according to Forbes. The Big Bang Theory stars made $94 million in 2016, collectively, and are widely known to be the top earners in television, alongside Kaley Cuoco ($24.5 million). The stars of long-running comedy negotiated their deals collectively.

The stars of The Big Bang Theory earned $118.5 million from June 1, 2015 to June 1, 2016, Forbes reports, with Parsons earning $25.5 million, making him top dog on this list for the second year in a row.

Co-star Galecki came in at second place, with $24 million, while Helberg and Nayyar claimed third and fourth place respectively. NCIS actor Mark Harmon came fifth place with $20 million, making the top five an all-CBS affair.

While Parson’s earnings put him top of this list, as previously reported, the best-paid actor of any gender this year is Sofia Vergara. Despite her dominating payday, the top 10 men made $174 million this year to edge out the top 10 women, who made $168.5 million.

Here are the top 10 highest paid actors in TV for 2016:

  • 1. Jim Parsons – $25.5 million
  • 2. Johnny Galecki – $24 million
  • 3. Simon Helberg – $22.5 million
  • 4. Kunal Nayyar – $22 million
  • 5. Mark Harmon – $20 million
  • 6. Ty Burrell – $12.5 million
  • 7. Nathan Fillion – $12 million
  • 8. Jesse Tyler Ferguson = $12 million
  • 9. Ray Romano – $12 million
  • 10. Ed O’Neill – $11.5 million

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