Ashton Kutcher’s New $16 Million Deal is ‘Two and a Half’ Times What He Made on ‘‘70s Show’

Two and a Half MenNot all viewers seem to be enamored with Ashton Kutcher having replaced Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men, but it looks like they’ll have to deal with him for at least one more season.

Kutcher — along with the other one and a half men, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones — has signed a one-year deal to remain on the hit sitcom through at least the 10th season. His salary will reportedly increase by $25,000 per episode, from the $700,000 he was making this season to $725,000, which may seem like small fry (kidding!) but amounts to a $1 million raise when it’s all said and done.

It’s certainly a far cry from Kutcher’s humble-ish beginnings on the Fox sitcom That ’70s Show, when, toward the end of the series’ run, he was slummin’ it with a per-episode paycheck purported to be somewhere between $200,000 and $280,000.

Kutcher, whose current salary was something of a risk for CBS since there was no telling what the ratings would be going into Season 9, is now an absolute bargain for the network, even with his moderate raise — because it’s still much less money than Sheen was commanding, while ratings are way up, to the tune of nearly three million more viewers, on average, than Season 8.

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