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CBS finished the 2015-2016 television season as the most-watched broadcast network, so it may not come as a surprise that the stars that propelled it to the top of the TV heap have taken the top five spots on FORBES’ 2016 list of television’s highest-paid actors.
The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons once again tops this list, this year with a $25.5 million take earned between June 1, 2015 and June 1, 2016. As was the case with last year’s list, a lucrative Big Bang contract counted for the lion’s share of Parsons’ earnings, as it did for his fellow castmates Johnny Galecki (#2 on the list, with $24 million in earnings during the period analyzed by FORBES), Simon Helberg (whose $22.5 million in earnings gave him the #3 spot) and Kunal Nayyar (#4, with $22 million).
Though Helberg and Nayyar have a slightly lower per-episode salary than do Parsons and Galecki (who both command a Friends-like $1 million per episode), side projects – like Helberg’s role in Florence Foster Jenkins and Nayyar’s bestselling book, “Yes, My Accent Is Real” – helped secure their spots in the top five.
Rounding out the CBS-dominated top-five is NCIS’ Mark Harmon, who once again made $20 million thanks to his role as series lead and executive producer. NCIS was the third-most watched television program in the 2015-2016 season, behind only the Super Bowl and, of course, The Big Bang Theory.
Helping to clear space for Duchovny and Weatherly were Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer, Patrick Dempsey and Simon Baker – all of whom appeared on last year’s list but did not make repeat appearances due to either their shows being cancelled (Kutcher and Cryer’s money-maker was Two and a Half Men, while Baker’s earnings driver was The Mentalist – both of which ended in February 2015) or their character getting killed off (RIP, McDreamy).
While stars of the Tiffany Network dominated the top of the 2016 list, the leading actors from the Alphabet Network dominated the rest of it. The men of Modern Family – Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed O’Neill and Eric Stonestreet – once again benefited from per-episode salaries in the mid-six figures, a cut of the back end profit and varying side projects. Burrell, for instance, starred in an ad campaign for the National Association of Realtors (in-character, no less!); while Ferguson got a boost from an ad campaign with Voya and Fully Committed, the one-man Broadway show he anchored this past spring and summer.
Castle’s titular character (the show was cancelled this spring) helped him earn a $12 million haul, a figure good enough to tie him with Ray Romano and Ferguson at the #7 spot. Chambers, who has played Alex Karev on Grey’s Anatomy since its inception in 2005, came in at #15 with $9.5 million.
All told, the 15 men on this list earned $225 million – a figure that outpaces the $208.5 million brought in by television’s top-earning actresses. The gender wage gap still persists — though it’s not as large in TV-land as that which women face outside of Hollywood. As FORBES’ Maddie Berg explains here, this is due in part to the beauty of cast-wide salary negotiations, which is common for large ensemble shows. Big Bang’s Parsons and Galecki earn the same per-episode salary as Kaley Cuoco, while Burrell, Ferguson et al. earn the same Modern Family paycheck as co-star Sofia Vergara — though Vergara, of course, outpaced her male co-stars in annual earnings thanks to a bevy of endorsement and licensing deals.
FORBES’ earnings estimates are based on data from Nielsen, Box Office Mojo and IMDB, as well as interviews with agents, managers, lawyers and industry insiders. Our list of the world’s highest-paid TV actresses was published last week, while the lists of the highest-paid film actors and actresses were published in August. All earnings figures are before management fees and taxes.