Show: "Modern Family"
Estimated earnings in 2017: $41,500,000
Topping the list is Sofia Vergara, who Forbes estimates brought in $41,500,000 between June 1, 2016, and June 1, 2017. Vergara stars as Gloria Pritchett in the popular ABC comedy "Modern Family" and has held the highest-paid spot for more than five years.
"Modern Family" consistently won the Emmy for Outstanding Original Comedy Series from 2010 to 2014. This is the first time in eight years that "Modern Family" was not nominated for the award. Vergara has been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series four times but has never taken home the prize.
Behind Vergara are several actors from CBS's "The Big Bang Theory." In fact, five actors from the comedy cracked the top 10, including Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco. In 2017, these actors actually each gave up $100,000to help their female co-stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, who were making 80 percent less. The show has been nominated for 52 Emmy awards and has won 10.
Both "Modern Family" and "The Big Bang Theory" will air their final seasons in 2019.
Rounding out the list is Mark Harmon, Ty Burrell, Mindy Kaling and Ellen Pompeo. Since Forbes compiled their list of highest-paid actors and actresses in 2017, Pompeo signed a new contract with ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," worth roughly $20 million, cementing her spot as the highest-paid actress on a primetime drama.
When you look beyond the top 10, Hollywood's gender pay gap becomes more obvious. Forbes estimates that the 10 highest-paid TV actresses make about $156.5 a year, while the 10 highest-paid TV actors make closer to $185 million.
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