Network television may be bringing in younger talent from Jimmy Fallon to Seth Meyers to boost ratings; however, TV’s highest-paid late-night host is Jon Stewart over on cable.
That number blows network hosts out of the water. The average salary for the late-night hosts hovers around $US10 million. The only one who comes close to Stewart’s reported pay check is David Letterman at $US20 million per year.
Here are the numbers via TV Guide:
|Late-night Personality||Network||Salary per year|
|1. Jon Stewart||Comedy Central||$25-$30 million|
|2. David Letterman||CBS||$20 million|
|3. Conan O’Brien||TBS||$12 million|
|4. Jimmy Fallon||NBC||$11 million|
|6. Chelsea Handler||Netflix||$10 million|
|6. Jimmy Kimmel||ABC||$10 million|
|7. John Oliver||HBO||$2 million|
Stewart has been hosting “The Daily Show” since 1999. The show averaged slightly above half a million viewers weekly in the spring.
According to Fox News, “Jimmy Kimmel” and “The Late Show with David Letterman” averaged 2.7 million and 2.85 million viewers, respectively, as of April.
Jimmy Fallon has been receiving an average of 4.3 million views on “The Tonight Show.”
Business Insider Emails & Alerts
Site highlights each day to your inbox.