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Ashton Kutcher tops the list of TV’s top-paid actors

October 18th, 2013

For the first time, Ashton Kutcher is TV’s top-paid actor, earning $24 million from June 2012 to June 2013, according to Forbes Magazine.

Kutcher replaced the self-destructing  Charlie Sheen on CBS’s “Two and a Half Men,” earning top bucks in the process,  but he’s also a top tech investor, collects residuals from “That ’70s Show” and pulls a nice salary for those Nikon Coolpix commercials.


Here’s the Top 10 best-paid TV actors, in descending order for the same period; you probably know their affiliations/shows:

• Ashton Kutcher, $24 million.

• Jon Cryer, $21 million.

• Ray Romano, $16 million.

• Neil Patrick Harris, $15 million.

• Mark Harmon, $15 million.

• Patrick Dempsey, $13 million.

• Tim Allen, $11 million.

• Angus T. Jones, $11 million.

• Michael C. Hall, $10 million.

• Charlie Sheen, $10 million.

Interestingly, Sheen still commands a huge salary, despite his fall from grace.

Curiously, all three principals of  “Two and a Half Men” made the Top 10, though Jones is on his way out after online postings of disparaging things about the show this year; he’s being replaced by a new character, a long-lost daughter of the Sheen's.

Amazingly, everybody still loves Raymond — that is, Romano — despite the cancellation of his “Men of a Certain Age” cable show.

Neil Patrick Harris, of CBS' “How I Met Your Mother;” Mark Harmon, of the top-rated CBS procedural, “NCIS;” and Patrick  Dempsey, of ABC's popular “Grey’s Anatomy” medical drama, holds up over time — in ratings and in paychecks.

And considering the popularity of “The Big Bang Theory,” where is the lead geek, Jim Parsons?

Any observations?

2 Responses to “Ashton Kutcher tops the list of TV’s top-paid actors”

  1. AniMatsuri:

    Hollywierd didn't think to highly of The Big Bang Theory in the beginning other than Jim Parsons(when the show 1st came out reviews pretty much said he was too good for it) who's won an Emmy or 3 for his role. It's only been the last couple of years that you couldn't ignore what a ratings power house the show has become.

    That list should change next time it gets updated. Reports have the 3 main principles of TBBT: Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, & Jim Parsons have negotiated together for $1 million an episode for each of them. I doubt CBS turned them down.

    Also, for some reason, introducing Charlie's lesbian daughter to the show to basically replace Allan's idiot son(played by August) hasn't worked out ratings wise which are in a downward trend this year. It'll be interesting to see how long CBS continues a show with diminishing returns and high salary costs.

  2. Worldwide Live Online Radio:

    Although CBS is still very popular but I am agree with AniMatsuri's statement.

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