From Grey’s Anatomy to Game of Thrones, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Scandal and the rest of them, we all have that one TV series we just can’t stop talking about… And with the release of the world’s highest paid TV actresses 2016 list, you have the chance to see if your favorite TV characters are receiving worthy paychecks for keeping you entertained all year long. Snapping the top spot yet again for the 5th consecutive year is Modern Family’s Sophia Vergara who made double the amount of runners up Kaley Cuoco. Per Forbes, the top 15 highest paid women of the small screen raked in a combined $208.5 million between June 1, 2015 and June 1, 2016. Read on for the full list.
15. Zooey Deschanel
Earnings: $7 million
Deschanel gets rewarded for making New Girl a hit comedy series for Fox. In between the filming of the show’s 5th season, Deschanel was voicing the role of Bridget in animated musical comedy “Trolls” which also stars the voices of Justin Timberlake and Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick. The animation is slated for release later on November 6 2016.
14. Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Earnings: $7.5 million (tie)
The multiple Emmy winning actress was thrust into the limelight thanks to 90’s sitcom Seinfeld. Despite being somewhat of a veteran Julia Louis-Dreyfus is just making her debut on the list thanks to her role of Vice President Selina Meyer on HBO’s Veep of which she is also a producer. Louis-Dreyfus has won a record-breaking 5 consecutive Emmys for her role in the series, the latest which came in the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards where she delivered an emotional speech dedicated to her dad who had just passed away the Friday before. The 9 time Emmy winner supports her income with an endorsement deal with Old Navy.
13. Emily Deschanel
Earnings: $7.5 million (tie)
The 11-year running Fox crime procedural comedy-drama Bones will finally end after its upcoming 12th season and Emily stands to end a fatter paycheck for two main reasons- a new contract was inked and her lawsuit against Fox could turn to her favor. Dr. Temperance Brennan claims Fox is cheating her out of profits made from Bones and she’s not alone as David Boreanaz who plays FBI agent Seeley Booth also thinks so. Emily is sisters with the lists #15 and New Girl star Zooey Deschanel.
12. Patricia Heaton
Earnings: $8.5 million
Patricia Heaton has been a regular on our small screens for as long as we can remember. Aged 58 she doesn’t seem like hitting the brakes anytime soon. Her berth on the list is thanks to her Food Network show Patricia Heaton Parties, as well as her widely acclaimed main role of Frankie Heck in ABC sitcom “The Middle”.
11. Pauley Perrette
Earnings: $9.5 million
Pauley Perrette has been portraying Abby Sciuto on CBS NCIS since its premiere in 2003 and have also appeared on its spin offs. Her loyalty and dedication to the crime drama was awarded with a pay rise. Perrette’s side businesses includes her Manhattan Donna Bell’s Bake Shop.