How Much Money The Top Television Stars Make

“Variety” just released a report on TV salaries, and one big takeaway is that Netflix is shelling out a ton of money.

In fact, the stars of “Gilmore Girls” are getting more cash per episode than the “Game of Thrones” cast.  Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel are banking $750,000 per episode to do the upcoming “Gilmore Girls” miniseries for Netflix, while Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau are ‘only’ getting $500,000 per episode.

Of course, “Game of Thrones” has a lot more episodes: they do about 10 per season, while this “Gilmore Girls” revival is just four, and for now it’s just a one-off thing.

Still, Netflix is paying Kevin Spacey $500K per episode to do “House of Cards”, Drew Barrymore $350,000 per episode to do the upcoming comedy “Santa Clarita Diet”, and Emma Stone and Jonah Hill $350K per episode to do the upcoming show”Maniac”.  That’s more than the cast of “The Simpsons” gets.

This particular rundown doesn’t seem comprehensive, so it isn’t really an actual list of the top-earners, but here are a few other highlights:

“Judge Judy” Sheindlin gets an estimated $47 million to do her show.

Matt Lauer gets $22 to $25 million for the “Today” show.

Ellen DeGeneres is paid $20 million to do her show.

Bill O’Reilly’s viewpoints are worth $18 to $20 million a year, and Kelly Ripa is also in that neighborhood.

Miley Cyrus and Adam Levine are being paid $13 to $15 million to be coaches on “The Voice”, the same that Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel get to host their late night shows.

Pat Sajak is worth $12 million to “Wheel of Fortune”.

Netflix is paying Chelsea Handler $10 million to do her show three nights a week, and the ‘sharks’ on “Shark Tank” get $50,000 per episode. has all the info broken down into three charts:  Comedies, dramas, and everything else.

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