Actors and actresses are cashing in on the small screen in 2018 more than any other time in history.This is after big acts like Reese Wither-spoon,Jennifer Aniston and Nicole Kidman took to the small screen with films such as Big Little Liars.
The highest paid leading lady is Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara who took home $42.5 million earning more than any other actor or actress on TV this year.The spicy Latina banked $16 million more than the next top earner across all genders.Other members of the cast dominated the list too with Eric Stonestreet taking tenth place with $13.5 million, Jesse Tyler Ferguson with $13 million and Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell going home with $12.5 million and $12 million respectively from the hilarious sitcom.
Although the Big Bang Theory is coming to an end this year the cast managed to score big starting with Jim Parsons who banked $26.5 million from the show’s last season.Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco brought got a whooping $25 million and $24.5 million for their roles in the hilarious film.Other castmates who landed on the highest paid list were Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch who both took fourteenth place each with $12 million each. .
Grey’s Anatomy’s leading lady Ellen Pompeo tied with The Big Bang Theory’s Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar in fifth place both making $23.5 million each.NCIS’s lead actor Mark Harmon took eighth place with a whooping $19 million while fellow castmate Pauley Perrette took twentieth place with $8.5 million.Scandal’s Kerry Washington tied with The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln in 17th place both banking in 11 million each.
Mariska Hargitay from Law & Order: SVU took 11th place with $13 million while Homeland ‘s Claire Danes took 19th place with$9 million. The 10 highest-earning TV actresses banked a cumulative $168.5 million to the actors’ $181 million. Compare that with movies, where the 10 highest-paid film actresses together pocketed $186 million just a quarter of the actors’ $748.5 million.Perhaps the discrepancy is smaller because actresses have more roles on the small screen than men.Earnings estimates are based on data from Nielsen, Box Office Mojo and IMDB, as well as interviews with industry insiders.