Q: Guess how much Charlie Sheen used to make per episode on Two and Half Men?
A: $1.25 million !!!
Q: Guess how much the kid on the same show makes per week?
A: $300,000 !!!
Here is a list of some other TV stars making huge money (2010 info):
- Oprah Winfrey $315 million
- Judge Judy Sheindlin $45 million
- David Letterman (The Late Show) $28 million
- Jay Leno (The Tonight Show) $25 million
- Conan O'Brien (The Conan O'Brien Show) $10 million
- Ellen DeGeneres (The Ellen DeGeneres Show) $8 million
- Jimmy Kimmel (Jimmy Kimmel Live) $6 million
- Chelsea Handler (Chelsea Lately) $3.5 million
- George Lopez (Lopez Tonight) $3.5 million
- Ryan Seacrest (American Idol) $15 million
- Joel McHale (The Soup) $2 million
- Piers Morgan (America's Got Talent) $2 million
- Matt Lauer (Today) $16 million +
- Katie Couric (CBS) $15 million
- Brian Williams (NBC) $12.5 million
- Diane Sawyer (ABC) $12 million
- Meredith Vieira (Today) $11 million
- Bill O'Reilly (Fox News) $10 million
- George Stephanopoulos (ABC) $8 million
- Keith Olbermann (MSNBC) $7 million
- Shepard Smith (Fox News) $7 million
- Wolf Blitzer (CNN) $3 million
- Christiane Amanpour (ABC) $2 million
- Lawrence O'Donnell (MSNBC) $2 million
The bigger the TV show --->
the more the number of viewers (eyeballs per second) --->
the more the impact of a television advertisement --->
the more of cost of TV advertisements in between the show --->
the more the show gets paid by the television company --->
the more the TV stars get paid by the producers!
Check out the 30 second advertisement rate on prime time TV here: http://www.frankwbaker.com/thirtysecadcosts.htm