'Big Bang Theory' Stars Score Huge Pay Raises, but Which TV Stars Still Make More?

Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, and Jim Parsons
Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, and Jim Parsons

Go really, really Big, or go home! The Big 3 stars of The Big Bang Theory — Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, and Jim Parsons — just signed deals to triple their salaries, to a whopping $1 million per episode apiece. They're also getting a bigger cut of syndication revenues.

Welcome to the Friends club!

It's a massive pay raise, and a well-deserved one considering what a big hit the CBS comedy is. It's the top comedy, by far, on television. It even draws big ratings in syndication on TBS; reruns sometimes beat broadcast shows among younger viewers.

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The $1 million figure matches the famous amount demanded by and given to the six cast members of Friends (though, if you adjust for inflation, the Big Bang-ers are getting less). And their new salaries make Cuoco, Galecki, and Parsons the three highest-paid actors currently on television.

So, who did they just top? A bunch of their CBS cohorts! Ashton Kutcher receives $755,000 for every episode of Two and a Half Men, and his co-star Jon Cryer earns $600,000. NCIS veteran Mark Harmon is next on the list at $525,000.

But those are just actors. If we include other kinds of TV stars (late-night hosts, daytime personalities, etc.), the rankings change.

Judge Judy
Judge Judy

In fact, the highest-paid personality appearing on television today is… drumroll… Judge Judy!

Yup, that's right: Judith Sheindlin pulls in $47 million a year for her daytime court show, according to TV Guide. That's like Oprah money, right there.

After Judge Judy, we swing to late night for the second-highest earning star: The Daily Show's Jon Stewart, who reportedly makes $25 million-30 million a year.

And in case Cuoco, Galecki, and Parsons think they've hit the ceiling for actors' salaries, they should look to their CBS sibling, Two and a Half Men. In 2010, the show made a deal to pay Charlie Sheen $1.8 million per episode. Maybe in three years, they'll be #winning even more.

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