'Modern Family' stars seeking higher pay?
March 28th, 2012
01:04 PM ET

'Modern Family' stars seeking higher pay?

A report suggests that the cast of “Modern Family” wants a raise - a gigantic one.

And, the actors may be in a very good position to get paid: it’s contract renegotiation time, and the Emmy Award-winning sitcom is one of the highest-watched series on TV.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the six adult cast members (minus Ed O’Neill, who reportedly earns more) currently make around $65,000 per episode.

But sources told the publication that reps for Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara will ask for around $200,000 per episode heading into season 4.

The show’s patriarch Ed O’Neill reportedly makes close to $105,000 per episode, and it’s not clear whether he’ll demand more as well.

ABC would probably be wise to give the stars what they want: “Modern Family” is said to attract 13.7 million regular viewers right now, up 12 percent from last year according to Nielsen. In 2011, it apparently generated $164 million in ad revenue for the network as well.

What say you fans of the show? Do you believe it, and if so do they deserve more money?


soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. LoJenk

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=823i8J0eKK4&w=640&h=390]

    March 29, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. Liz361

    More Hollywood greed. They don't deserve that much pay, because the show isn't that great.

    March 28, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kxkxsh

    Pay them!!! Millions of viewers love them!

    March 28, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. SuperDave

    Pay them. An dget me a date with Julie Bowen. She has been hot from Happy Gilmore to Ed to this show. Amazing...

    March 28, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Geena

    You've got to be kidding! These people are over paid as it is. The show is funny. Just think about it, Supreme Court Justices make about $200,000 a year! If they get a raise I will stop watching.

    March 28, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Large Dong

    They should pay the actress that plays Haley a bonus for every episode she gets naked.

    March 28, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dale

    I wonder how much the kids get per episode?

    March 28, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nate

    Maybe if the more attractive ladies would agree to get nekked in each episode it would be ok . Otherwise, they should make less than the men.

    March 28, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. wordplaywordplay

    Pay them. If the numbers in this article are correct, the total increase for an entire season of the whole main cast would be only 13% of the ad revenue. Yes, $64,000 per episode is a luxurious salary, especially in today's economy. But, I'd rather see thousands more go into the pockets of the people who make the show what it is (the cast), than millions go into the studio execs pockets – who already make millions from it anyways.

    March 28, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chase

    It may seem like too much, but the show is making money and the talent deserves their fair share of it as much as the network executives.

    March 28, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. REality

    They deserve it it's a good show an only pennies compared to what the newtowrk is pulling in for the show $164million a year $200K an eppisode is pennies compared to that so instead of $164million profit the network pulls in $140million a year for just this show mined you, pay the people.

    March 28, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      6 actors at $200,000 each, for 22 episodes, is $26,400,000 That's hardly pennies...lol

      March 28, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Heada

    I'll do it for $2000 and episode..

    March 28, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. T

    I think they're asking little too much for a tv show, they (the leads) should be grateful to BE working. If they ask for more money, then it's likely the PTB (Powers that be) might decide to get rid of the show and put another series on where the actors will work for less. I would be so grateful to earn $64,000 an episode, that's more than enough to live on for anyone in the world.

    March 28, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ana

    Yes, they should make more money
    Friends cast made 1 million per episode

    March 28, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MaryHH

    Pay them .... the show's a winner, the cast make it that way. Sign them up and pay them what they are worth

    March 28, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Observer

    Whatever these people earn, they are overpaid. This show is worthless.

    March 28, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |

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