The 10 highest-paid TV actors in the world are from just 4 shows, and some are making over $20 million a year

AMCAndrew Lincoln in ‘The Walking Dead’

Forbes’ annual list of the highest-paid television actors in the world is here, and it includes actors from just four shows: “The Big Bang Theory” as it enters its 12th and final season, “Modern Family,” “NCIS,” and “The Walking Dead,” as lead actor Andrew Lincoln prepares to leave the series in its current ninth season.

Forbes says that the list is based on figures from IMDb, Box Office Mojo, Nielsen, and interviews with industry insiders from June 2017 to June 2018.

Lincoln, who came in tenth, earned an estimated $US11 million for AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” which he is set to depart this year. Ty Burrell ($US12 million), Jesse Tyler Ferguson ($US13 million), Eric Stonestreet ($US13.5 million), and Ed O’Neill ($US14 million) – all from ABC’s “Modern Family” – rounded out the bottom of the top 10.

The top five includes four actors from CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory.” According to Entertainment Weekly, the show is ending after Jim Parsons turned down $US50 million over another two years because he wanted to depart the show.

The top five highest-paid TV actors in the world, according to Forbes, are below:


5. Mark Harmon

Cliff Lipson/CBS

Show: “NCIS” (CBS)

Earnings: $US19 million


3. (tie) Kunal Nayyar

CBS

Show: “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

Earnings: $US23.5 million


3. (tie) Simon Helberg

CBS

Show: “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

Earnings: $US23.5 million


2. Johnny Galecki

CBS

Show: “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

Earnings: $US25 million


1. Jim Parsons

CBS

Show: “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

Earnings: $US26.5 million

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