The Cast Of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Top Forbes’ List Of Highest Paid TV Actors Of 2016

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Groan as much as you like about how terribly The Big Bang Theory is, but people love that show. We don’t personally know who those people are, but they’ve got to be out there because five of the actors topped Forbes’ list of highest paid TV actors of 2016. The show is a huge money maker.

Jim Parsons ranked as the top-earning male by pulling in $25.5 million from his role on The Big Bang Theory. Co-stars Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar followed with $24 million, $22.5 million and $22 million respectively. 

It’s not just the men who pulled in tons of cash from The Big Bang Theory, Kaley Cuoco beat out Galecki’s current standing with earnings of $24.5 million making her the second highest-paid TV actress and third highest-paid TV actor overall.

The most surprising person to top the list is Sofia Vergara, who is the highest earning TV actor overall by a lot. She totally slayed the men and pulled in $43 million, up from her $28.5 million paycheck last year. Vergara’s huge increase in pay wasn’t just because of her sitcom; the actress had highly successful business ventures. 

Though Sophia slayed the men, the women still earned less overall. We’re not saying it’s the patriarchy, but it’s definitely the patriarchy.

Check out the top earning men of 2016:

No. 1 — Jim Parsons, $25.5 million
No. 2 — Johnny Galecki, $24 million
No. 3 — Simon Helberg, $22.5 million
No. 4 — Kunal Nayyar, $22 million
No. 5 — Mark Harmon, $20 million
No. 6 — Ty Burrell, $12.5 million
No. 7 (tie) — Nathan Fillion, $12 million
No. 7 (tie) — Jesse Tyler Ferguson, $12 million
No. 7 (tie) — Ray Romano, $12 million
No. 10 — Ed O’Neill, $11.5 million
No. 11 — Eric Stonestreet, $11 million
No. 12 – Kevin Spacey, $10.5 million
No. 13 (tie) — Michael Weatherly, $10 million
No. 13 (tie) — David Duchovny, $10 million
No. 15 – Justin Chambers, $9.5 million

And here are the top earning women of 2016:

No. 1 — Sofia Vergara – $43M
No. 2 — Kaley Cuoco — $24.5M
No. 3 — Mindy Kaling – $15M
No. 4 (tie) — Ellen Pompeo – $14.5M
No. 4 (tie) — Mariska Hargitay – $14.5M
No. 6 — Kerry Washington – $13.5M
No. 7 — Stana Katic – $12M
No. 8 — Priyanka Chopra – $11M
No. 9 — Julianna Margulies – $10.5M
No. 10 — Julie Bowen — $10M
No. 11 — Pauley Perrette – $9.5M
No. 12 — Patricia Heaton – $8.5M
No. 13 (tie) — Julia Louis-Dreyfus — $7.5M
No. 13 (tie) — Emily Deschanel – $7.5M
No. 15 — Zooey Deschanel – $7M

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