Watching TV is one of the simple joys in life. After a long and stressful day at work, opening a cold beer, grabbing a bag of chips, and seating on a comfy sofa, and then, watching TV is one of the best ways to relax and unwind. Millions of people watch popular TV shows every single week, and impatiently wait for the next episode. These popular shows have been on the air for many years now, thanks to their popularity and how much they’re making for the network and also for the actors. Being an actor on a popular TV show will let you earn a massive fortune, and earn in a single episode what other people take months maybe even years to earn. Here are the 4 most popular TV shows of all time, and how much their cast earns per episode.
Guess How Much The Walking Dead Cast Is Earning
The Walking Dead was an adaptation of the graphic novel that became an instant hit when it first aired, back in 2010. Today, it is one of the most popular TV shows all over the world, with millions of viewers worldwide, anticipating every episode. It has a massive budget for each episode, which is why it is shocking how much the main cast of the show is making. The shows two biggest stars, Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus are only earning $90,000 and $80,000 per episode respectively. This is in no way a small salary, but compared to other stars of popular TV shows, this is really small. The other supporting cast of the show is earning considerably lower. The reason that the actors have such low salaries might be due to the fact that they were afraid to demand any claims since the show can kill off any characters they want. After a recent negotiation, it is reported that Lincoln and Reedus will now be earning $618,000 and $550,000 per episode respectively. We’re not exactly sure how much the other stars are earning now, but we just hope that they also got a well-earned pay raise.
During The Last Seasons, Friends Cast Earned $1 Million Per Episode
Friends is one of the best, funniest, and most popular TV sitcoms of all time that has been an inspiration to a lot of other great TV shows. It ran for 10 seasons, from 1994 up to 2004, with 236 episodes, and had one of the highest ratings of the time and even today. The shows 6 main cast members, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer all started out earning only $22,500 per episode during season 1, and that salary turned into $1 million per episode in seasons 9 and 10. This made the 3 female lead cast, Aniston, Cox, and Kudrow the highest paid TV actresses of all-time. Today, the show still earns around $1 billion for Warner Bros. and through syndication royalties, the main cast still earns $20 million each year for just being a part of one of the most popular TV shows ever.
Before Being Fired From Two and a Half Men, Charlie Sheen Earned $1.8 Million Per Episode
Charlie Sheen is one of the 3 main cast members of the hit TV show Two and a Half Men. The show ran from 2003 up until 2015, with 12 seasons, and had 262 episodes. In the show, Charlie Sheen played Charlie Harper, who is a rich jingle-writer, while Jon Cryer, who played Alan Harper, was Charlie’s brother who was barely scraping by as a chiropractor. Just like in the show, Charlie and Jon have different paychecks in real life. Jon only started to make $620,000 per episode in 2013, while Charlie was making a whopping $1.8 million per episode in 2010, up until he left the show in 2011. Ashton Kutcher replaced Charlie Sheen as the main cast in the show, with a salary of $755,000 per episode.
Game of Thrones Main Cast Are Earning $2.5 Million Per Episode?
Today, Game of Thrones is certainly the most anticipated and most popular TV show. With season 7, the show set a new record for the highest viewer count all over the world. Thanks to its compelling story, three-dimensional characters, awesome fight scenes, and realistic CGI, Game of Thrones surely sits on the throne of TV shows. The shows 5 main cast, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, and Emilia Clarke have recently landed a deal that gave them a $1.1 million per episode salary. They are also reported to get syndication payments, which would result in them earning $2.5 million per episode, which will be the highest in TV history if it is true.