Big Bang has nabbed four of the top six slots, with Jim Parsons leading the pack, earning $29 million. He, along with his co-star Johnny Galecki ($27 million), overtook last year's leader Ashton Kutcher. Kutcher lands in this year's four-way tie for third, with $20 million.
Check out the full list:
1. Jim Parsons: $29 million
2. Johnny Galecki: $27 million
3. Mark Harmon: $20 million
3. Simon Helberg: $20 million
3. Kunal Nayyar: $20 million
3. Ashton Kutcher: $20 million
7. Jon Cryer: $15 million
7. Ray Romano: $15 million
9. Patrick Dempsey: $12 million
9. Simon Baker: $12 million
11. Ty Burrell: $11.5 million
12. Jesse Tyler Ferguson: $11 million
13. Ed O'Neill: $10.5 million
13. Eric Stonestreet: $10.5 million
15. Kevin Spacey: $9.5 million
In case you're wondering where Jon Stewart and Empire's stand-out Terrence Howard are, Forbes points out that there are separate lists for comedians, and sometimes a jump in an actor's popularity doesn't translate to their earnings quite as quickly.
As with Forbes' movie-star list, the ranking for TV actors measures paydays before taking out taxes and management fees. The tally also includes endorsement deals and side-gigs, such as Parsons' recent stint on Broadway and Ty Burrell's advertising deal with Verizon.
Forbes has yet to publish its list of TV actresses.
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