Robert DeNiro, The Rock, Big Bang Cast Among Highest Paid TV Stars

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2017-08-28

Making The Big Bucks In Hollywood

Variety has taken some time to calculate the highest paid television stars and the numbers are staggering. Some of the top contenders include Robert De Niro, Mark Harmon, and casts of shows like Game of Thrones and The Big Bang Theory.

The Big Bang Theory Cast | Photo Credit Getty

Robert De Niro’s new show comes from director David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) and will soon hit Amazon. Currently, there hasn’t been a title given to the show, but the actor will make around $775,000 per episode.

Mark Harmon is set to make around $525,000 per episode of NCIS.

Big Bang Stars To Make About $1M Per Episode Each

The Big Bang Theory | Photo Credit CBS

Entertainment Tonight writes:

“In the comedy world, the cast of “The Big Bang Theory”, including Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar and Jim Parsons are the highest-earning actors on TV, earning $900,000 an episode.”

“Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson follows as the top-earning actor not on “The Big Bang Theory”, earning $650,000 an episode for his HBO show “Ballers.”

“And when it comes to the top-earning reality, news and host personalities, Ellen DeGeneres tops the list with a $50-million salary. Judge Judy is a close second with $47 million and in third is Matt Lauer with $25 million.”

Big Bang Regulars May Earn $139 Million Each Lifetime

The Big Bang Theory | Photo Credit CBS

Digital Spy writes:

“It’s safe to say The Big Bang Theory gang are sitting quite comfortably – well, as much as their giant wallets will allow – after a very profitable 10 seasons on the show, but now some new findings suggest that by the time the 12th (and potentially final) outing of the show has aired, the key players could have made more than $139 million each.”

“The current contract sees the show costing CBS $10m per episode with a whopping live audience of 19 million, and the network makes up to $1m from syndicating the show to places like E4 for those never-ending repeats.”

What would you do with that kind of moolah?

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