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 actors 2016 list, you have the chance to see if your favorite TV actors are receiving worthy paychecks for keeping you entertained all year long. Fans of The Big Bang Theory would be happier at the end of this list as 4 actors from the CBS hit sitcom occupy the top four spots. The top 15 world’s highest paid TV actors 2016 per Forbes earned a combined $225 million while their female counterparts banked $208.5 million. However, though the prevailing gender gap still exists in TV, it is by far toned down thanks to the group negotiations that occur between TV actors and actresses which allow them receive equal paychecks per episode. Also while the world highest paid actor Dwayne Johnson outearned by a mammoth gap the world’s highest paid actress Jennifer Lawrence, the reverse is the case in the TV list where Sophia Vergara beats Jim Parsons. Read on to discover who made what…
15. Justin Chambers
Series: Grey’s Anatomy
Earnings: $9.5 million (Net Worth: $18 million)
We’ve seen Chambers portray Alex Karev since the first season of ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy in 2005. And his loyalty to the show has finally paid off enough to snap him a position for the first time on the highest paid TV list.
14. David Duchovny
Series: The X-Files
Earnings: $10 million (Net Worth: $60 million)
Fox revived its sci fi horror drama The X Files in January 2016 after it last aired in 2012. The prolonged hiatus built much anticipation among fans who gladly welcomed the return of old faces including David Duchovny who reprised his widely acclaimed role as FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder for which he has won a Golden Globe Award. His high paycheck was enough to grab him a spot for the first time on the big boys of TV list.
13. Michael Weatherly
Earnings: $10 million (Net Worth: $25 million)
Weatherly’s paycheck comes from his longstanding role as Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo on CBS’s NCIS. The father of 3 departed from the series in its 13th season and landed a new lead role as Dr. Jason Bull on another CBS sitcom “Bulls”. The new series which premiered on September 2016 is based on the early life of shrink and talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw.
12. Kevin Spacey
Series: House of Cards
Earnings: $10.5 million (Net Worth: $100 million)
Spacey has won 1 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in Television Series Drama and 2 consecutive Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Frank Underwood on Netflix’s “House of Cards” which also pays him thousands per episode.
11. Eric Stonestreet
Series: Modern Family
Earnings: $11 million (Net Worth: $23 million)
Stonestreet continues to earn mid-6 figures per episode for his Modern Family gig which has also won him 2 Emmy Awards for Best Supporting actor. The former CSI star lent his voice to the character of Duke in the 2016 animation adventure comedy film “The Secret Life of Pets” which was a box office hit grossing over $836 million at the global box office to become the highest grossing animation not produced by Pixar or Disney.