There’s some big earners on the small screen.
Some of TV’s top-earning stars’ salaries are revealed in a new list compiled by Variety, which reveals that the success of the CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory, as well as HBO’s Ballers, has done wonders for the casts’ take-home pay.
Unsurprisingly, Kaley Cuoco and her Big Bang co-stars, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, nab an estimated $900,000 per episode, and reportedly banded together recently to get Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch’s per-episode rate up to $500,000.
Close behind the Big Bang leads is Dwayne Johnson, whose big money sports drama is also helping his cash flow off-screen, as he brings home $750,000 per episode.
Meanwhile, though Game of Thrones has killed off a staggering number of its major players, those who remain do pretty well over there in the seven kingdoms, as Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau all bring in $500,000 an episode.