The continued evolution of the tube has truly invigorated our viewing experience. Major networks such as NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX are all being given serious competition by cable channels that feature cutting-edge programming such as HBO and AMC. Then there’s Netflix and Hula, who have launched cutting-edge tv fare online. There are simply too many shows to choose from! Win-win situation for the average tv viewer, eh?
Behind all these, agents, producers, and tv celebrities are also getting fat paychecks for appearing in some of the most popular tv series today. Take a look at the top tv actresses and how much they are getting for acting on their shows:
10. Patricia Heaton – “The Middle”
$ 295,000 per episode
Heaton plays the matriarch of an Indiana working-class family and the daily, often times funny situations that they find themselves in. This Everybody Loves Raymond alumna is being paid almost $300k per episode – far from the working class mom that she portrays in this amusing sitcom.
9. Kerry Washington – “Scandal”
$ 300,000 per episode
Almost tying with Heaton is the lead star in ABC’s political thriller. Playing Olivia Pope, who leads a crisis and scandal management firm in this hip drama, Washington receives an almost scandalous salary per episode – earning a very respectable $7 million per season.
8. Mindy Kaling – “The Mindy Project”
$345,000 per episode
This amusing comedy has Kaling playing a gynecologist trying to find love in New York City together with her rowdy friends. Though recently canceled by Fox, the series was resurrected by American online company Hulu, commissioning a 26-episode run and a $9 million yearly paycheck for the show’s creator and lead actress.
7. Julianna Margulies – “The Good Wife”
$475,000 per episode
Television veteran Margulies who first gained popularity playing nurse Carol Hathaway in the 90’s medical drama hit ER, conquered television anew in this critically hailed courtroom drama. Now on its 7th and final season, Margulies continues to enjoy a close to $500k per episode salary.
6. Mariska Hargitay – “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”
$480,000 per episode