How much the highest-paid stars on TV are making, from 'Big Bang Theory' to 'Game of Thrones'

HBONicole Kidman on HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies.’

How much are networks shelling out to bring Hollywood stars to TV?

In this age of proliferated programming, marquee names have become essential to bring sizable audiences to shows. And the competition among networks and producers has driven industry salaries to new heights.

At its height, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman reportedly negotiated $US1 million salaries for the upcoming second season of HBO’s Emmy-winning drama, “Big Little Lies.”

And Jim Parsons of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” made headlines this week for walking away from a reported two-year, $US50 million paycheck for two more seasons of the sitcom, which CBS has subsequently decided to end in 2019.

Here’s how much the highest-paid stars on TV are earning per-episode:

Note: Some salaries may include producing fees.

Jethro Nededog contributed to a previous version of this story.


$US1,000,000 — Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)

HBO

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


$US1,000,000 — Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)

HBO

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


$US1,000,000 — Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

CBS

Source: Variety


$US1,000,000 — Kaley Cuoco, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

Sonja Flemming/CBS

Source: Variety


$US1,000,000 — Johnny Galecki, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

Michael Yarish/Warner Bros.

Source: Variety


$US825,000 – Meryl Streep, “The Nix” (Network TBA)

Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


$US650,000 – Dwayne Johnson, “Ballers” (HBO)

HBO

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


$US650,000 – Norman Reedus, “The Walking Dead” (AMC)

‘The Walking Dead’/AMC

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


$US575,000 — Ellen Pompeo, “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)

ABC

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


$US525,000 — Mark Harmon, “NCIS” (CBS)

Cliff Lipson/CBS

Source: Variety


$US500,000 — Kit Harington, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

HBO.Jon Snow in HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ adaptation.

Source: Variety


$US500,000 — Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

HBO

Source: Variety


$US500,000 — Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

HBO

Source: Variety


$US500,000 — Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Source: Variety


$US500,000 — Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Macall B. Polay/HBO

Source: Variety


$US500,000 — Kevin Costner, “Yellowstone” (Paramount Network)

Paramount Network

Source: Variety


$US450,000 — Claire Danes, “Homeland” (Showtime)

Showtime

Source: Variety

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