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2018 Highest Paid TV Actors! ‘Big Bang’ Brings Big Bucks, ‘TWD’ Taps Top Ten.

Published on December 26th, 2018 | Updated on December 26th, 2018 | By FanFest

CBS undoubtedly struck geekdom gold with their hit comedy series Big Bang Theory, and while the show may now be in its final season, the stars continue their fiscal domination. Big Bang cast members claim the four top slots for 2018 with Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper) ranking number one for the fourth year in a row. Thanks to a little help from endorsements and the successful spinoff Young Sheldon, Mr. Parsons was able to edge out his charismatic co-star Johnny Galecki (Leonard Hofstadter). Finishing off the top five is NCIS star Mark Harmon, it seems CBS is the network serving to widen the wallets of its celebs.

“Together, the world’s 10 highest-paid TV actors earned $181 million between June 1, 2017, and June 1, 2018, down from $185 million in the same period last year.” Source: –

Also laying claim to four spots in the top ten are cast members from the ABC’s Modern Family … dysfunctionally digging up the dough! Rounding out the list, thanks to a sizable final season paycheck, is The Walking Dead’s (TWD) Andrew Lincoln. Having exited TWD though, it is anticipated that Norman Reedus, after reportedly negotiating a raise, could replace Mr. Lincoln on next year’s list.

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes.The Walking Dead S8 Ep 4 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC The World’s Highest-Paid Actors 2018

1. Jim Parsons

Earnings: $26.5 million

Primary Show: Big Bang Theory

2. Johnny Galecki

$25 million

Big Bang Theory

3. (tie) Simon Helberg

$23.5 million

Big Bang Theory

3. (tie) Kunal Nayyar

$23.5 million

Big Bang Theory

5. Mark Harmon

$19 million


6. Ed O’Neill

$14 million

Modern Family

7. Eric Stonestreet

$13.5 million

Modern Family

8. Jesse Tyler Ferguson

$13 million

Modern Family

9. Ty Burrell

$12 million

Modern Family

10. Andrew Lincoln

$11 million

The Walking Dead

Note (from All earnings estimates are from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018. Figures are pretax; fees for agents, managers and lawyers are not deducted. Earnings estimates are based on data from Nielsen, Box Office Mojo and IMDB, as well as interviews with industry insiders.

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