Ever wonder who's raking in the dough on the small screen?
The rankings may surprise you.
TV Guide, "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart is taking home between $25 and $30 million a year, topping broadcast network competitors Jay Leno and David Letterman, who have seen salary cuts in recent years. Ashton Kutcher remains top dog in primetime, securing $750,000 per episode of CBS's "Two and a Half Men," though the leads in "Big Bang Theory" are nipping at the thesp's heels with potential deals that could pay Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco up to a million bucks per seg.
TV Guide's rankings, based on intel from talent reps, studio and network execs, are as follows:
DRAMA (per episode)
Mark Harmon (NCIS): $525,000 + points
Claire Danes (Homeland): $250,000
Michael Weatherly (NCIS): $250,000
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones): $150,000
Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black): $50,000
COMEDY (per episode)
Ashton Kutcher (Two and a Half Men): $750,000
Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother): $225,000
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation): $200,000
Robin Williams (The Crazy Ones): $165,000
Max Greenfield (New Girl): $75,000
Howard Stern (America's Got Talent): $15 million per year
Keith Urban (American Idol): $5 million per year
Jon Stewart Is TV's Highest-Paid Host
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