The Most Paid Person on TV Is Someone We'd NEVER Expect
The verdict has been handed down, and the court (AKA us) are in utter shock. Judge Judy Sheindlin is the highest-paid personality on television.
Judge Judy is in it's 21st season, and the Judge herself earns an estimated $47 million per year ($66 million in NZD), according to a Variety.
The Big Bang Theory’s trio of actors rake in the most for scripted comedies. Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, and Johnny Galecki all earn approximately $1 million per episode of the hit CBS sitcom.
See the top 5 in each category below:
Comedy 1. Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory, $1,000,000 per episode 2. Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory, $1,000,000 per episode 3. Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory, $1,000,000 per episode 4. Dwayne Johnson, Ballers, $400,000 per episode 5. Drew Barrymore, Santa Clarita Diet, $350,000 per episode
Drama 1. Lauren Graham, Gilmore Girls, $750,000 per episode 2. Alexis Bledel, Gilmore Girls, $750,000 per episode 3. Mark Harmon, NCIS, $525,000 per episode 4. Kevin Spacey, House of Cards, $500,000 per episode 5. Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones, $500,000 per episode
Reality/Host/News 1. Judy Sheindlin, Judge Judy, $47 million per year 2. Matt Lauer, Today, $22-$25 million per year 3. Ellen DeGeneres, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, $20 million per year 4.Bill O’Reilly, The O’Reilly Factor, $18-$20 million per year 5.Kelly Ripa, Live With Kelly, $16-$20 million per year