Now that the Golden Globe winners have been announced, it’s time to take a look at the actors who rake in the most dough by appearing on TV. Here’s a list of five of the highest-paid TV actors in 2017. You’d be surprised to find who takes the number one spot.
8. Jon Cryer – $6.2 Million
“Two and a Half Men” made Cryer rich for keeping his promise of remaining loyal to the show. The show earned him a handsome $6.2 million and is pivoting toward its last season, but that doesn’t mean that Cryer’s earning days are over. He will get his share of revenue from syndication deals for a couple of years.
7. Ashton Kutcher – $7.55 Million
He’s got the looks, he’s got the talent, and he’s engaged to Mila Kunis. Snagging the number one spot by a huge margin, Ashton Kutcher raked in a staggering $7.55 million this year. Two and a Half Men may be ending this season, but from the looks of it, Kutcher is just getting started. He has endorsement deals in the works, a product engineer post at Lenovo, and his personal life seems to be on the right track with a wedding scheduled and a baby on the way. Syndication earnings from past shows push his account up and will continue to do so in the future.
6. Kevin Spacey – $10.5 Million
Kevin Spacey’s presence on the top five list is justified by his strong performance in the Netflix political drama “House of Cards.” His impeccable acting on the show earned him $10.5 million this season. He will also be appearing in the movie “Horrible Bosses 2,” and we predict he will be on the list of highest-paid actors next year, as he is bound to negotiate a fat paycheck for the third season of House of Cards. His move toward television and online TV has paid off big time.
5. Neil Patrick Harris – $16 Million
The people who haven’t heard about or watched “How I Met Your Mother” are either dead or living under a rock. The epic character of Barney Stinson, played by Neil Patrick Harris, earned the actor $16 million. With endorsement deals in the pipeline to support his paycheck, Patrick should be content with occupying the fourth spot. How I Met Your Mother may have ended, but the stars of the shows will continue to earn through syndication royalties.
4. Mark Harmon – $20 Million
The most-watched show and the most popular drama series in the world “NCIS” helped Mark Harmon garner a whopping $20 million in earnings. The star has been with the show for 11 solid years but does not have any book or endorsement deals; the show alone is a cash cow for him.
3. Kunal Nayyar – $22 Million
On TV, he’s The Big Bang Theory’s Raj Koothrappali but in real life, Nayyar is a best-selling non-fiction author: his memoir, “Yes, My Accent Is Real,” was a big hit among audiences last year.
2. Johnny Galecki – $24 Million
Thanks to a $1 million per episode salary for playing Big Bang Theory’s Leonard Hofstadter, Galecki takes the number-two spot for the second year in a row.
1. Jim Parsons – $25.5 Million
For the second year in a row, Parsons has managed to be the king of the small screen, at least when measured by earnings. Let’s wait and see if he can keep up with his winning streak for another year or not.