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Forbes List of the Year's Richest TV Actors Owes a Great Debt to CBS, Mediocrity

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 15, 2013 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 15, 2013 |

Forbes announced their list of the ten highest paid television actors of the year and it’s kind of what you’d expect: Most of these guys owe their fortunes to CBS and syndication royalties (in fact, seven of the ten earn most of their income from CBS shows, including Ray Romano, who is now on Parenthood, but receives the majority of his income from Everybody Loves Raymond reruns).

Of the other three, Tim Allen reaps most of his income from Home Improvement royalties (although, he does have an ABC show on Fridays now that 90 out of 100 people couldn’t name), Dempsey makes a killing on Grey’s Anatomy, while Michael C. Hall shows why he agreed to sign on for a terrible eighth season of Dexter. With $10 million, Hall can pay for a lot of lumberjack shirts.


1. Ashton Kutcher — $24 million

2. Jon Cryer — $21 million

3. Ray Romano — $16 million

4. Neil Patrick Harris — $15 million

5. Mark Harmon — $15 million

6. Patrick Dempsey — $13 million

7. Tim Allen — $11 million

8. Angus T. Jones — $11 million

9. Michael C. Hall — $10 million

10. Charlie Sheen — $10 million

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