TV's highest paid actor is...
August 10th, 2011
09:48 PM ET

TV's highest paid actor is...

Who’s the highest paid actor on TV now that Charlie Sheen isn’t raking in a modest $1.2 mil per episode?

Here’s a hint: He’s not actually on TV… yet.

Ashton Kutcher tops TV Guide’s list of top earners. The actor, who will fill Sheen’s absence on “Two and a Half Men” as Internet billionaire Walden Schmidt, will earn $700,000 per episode.

Quite a bit higher than the $125,000 per episode that TV Guide says most lead actors make - or $150,000 for cable stars.

Moral of the story: If you’re in need of some cash, act opposite Jon Cryer on “Two and a Half Men."

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  1. celebrities

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    January 20, 2013 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bill

    Pretty! This has been an extremely wonderful post. Thanks for supplying this information.

    March 7, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sandy

    That is ridiculous; that's why we have to pay so much for all the products being advertised on these programs. If these people would make half of what they make (still too much) the consumers could save a lot in the retail environment. Are American consumers so hard up for entertainment that they are willing to pay this much for it...?... I guess....

    August 11, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Madtown

    will earn $700,000 per episode
    Pathetic, but he does have an opportunity to do something good with this. Will he immediately make a sizable contribution to relief efforts for Somalia? Or, something here at home? I guess we'll see...

    August 11, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ree

    Why insult the guy? If they are willing to pay him what is he supposed to do, say no? If someone offered any of us that much money we would all jump at the chance, and rightly so. They are obviously making a fortune in advertisement deals and from the network in order to pay him that much, which anyway is almost half of what they were paying that drugged out arrogant idiot Sheen. Kutcher is a young handsome man, who has never been involved in anything sleazy and seems to be happily married. Why all the hate!?!

    August 11, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • comeon

      b/c he is a terrible actor and a moron.

      August 11, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Nina Simone addict

      well said comeon
      So because the guy is hypocritical and make believe to some gullible audience that he is some goody two shoes off screen he should be the highest paid actor whereas the episodes with him have not aired yet...right...EYEROLL...Whatever stupid fools have to live and enjoy their boring lives on some CNN boards..

      August 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoeyATL

      2 and 1/2 Men is a multi Billion dollar franchise. Whether or not it is good is not for me to decide, but paying Ashton $700k an episode is chump change for CBS. This show is on in damn near every country in the world and brings in the highest advertising dollars. So, there's that.

      August 31, 2011 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. TOM

    Why does he look like a derelict? Gross look on a beautiful man. Clean it up Ashton.

    August 11, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. Scott Pilgrim beat The World

    The reason actors and athletes are so overpaid is because we as the public continue to consume the garbage produced by Hollywood. To shift this, a large chunk of the Western World (not just the U.S.) would need to stop watching sports/TV/movies and buying said merchandise for them. I don't exactly see that happening.

    August 11, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott Pilgrim beat my meat

      Well......go ahead and play with it Scott.

      August 11, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Daphne

      Yes that's exactly will happen. Everyone will stop watching TV & Movies just to teach over-priced pampered celebrities a lesson LOL Then we'll all ride our bikes to work and throw away our cars, to teach big oil a lesson bahahahah What colour is the sky in your world 😉 Oh, and if YOU can act and have the 'it' factor, or can throw a baseball 90 miles an hour, YOU TOO can be highly paid!!! But I'm sure you'd say "no, 50K a year is all i need, so donate the rest to charity please" hahahahaha

      August 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Timme62

    Waste of money, about the only thing he is talented enough for was Punked.

    August 11, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. ashton kutcher

    Your all just jelous I'm rich and your not

    August 11, 2011 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. gabriel.R


    August 11, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. Zenith

    Only read heading 2 know I dont giv a sh(t! Losers, thats america 4 u. Show others who makes the most when we hav none. Frenzy, freakout, stocks slump but OH LETS PUT A BLOG ABOUT THE RICH ONES WIPING THEIR A-S WITH 100 DOLLAR BILLS! F(CKTARDS!

    August 11, 2011 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
  12. Amanda

    they sure are banking on Ashton to really carry this show with Sheen gone...i think that everyone will tune in for the few shows just to see what Lorre did with Sheen's character and then the newness will wear...the best Two and a Half Men episodes are now the reruns in syndication with Sheen....

    August 11, 2011 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. Dude where's my cash?

    he may look stupid, but that's just part of his act.

    August 10, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. joey

    700k an fukc hollywood and their rece$$ion proof incomes...I'm working 2 freakin' jobs just to pay the mortgage on my overpriced home and barely keepin' the lights on! I'd don't give a rat's a$$ what their pullin'in.

    August 10, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Milo786

      yet u clicked on the article to find out!

      August 16, 2011 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
    • GreenMoney

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      August 17, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  15. Melanie

    Since most of Hollywood voted for Obama and thinks he's so great and special, and they make so much money, they should start writing checks to the government to bail the US out of this recession. Most actors are overpaid to begin with but a few checks from celebrity Obama supporters should get the US moving in the right direction.

    August 10, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snarky

      That is actually an awesome idea. We can call it the "celebrity tax" and it'll be for 50% of their income. 75% if they make crappy movies or shows. In return, they can keep the ability to get off the hook for crimes and felonies that most of us regular folk would be locked up for life for.

      August 10, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Milo786

      If memory serves us much!..George Bush took the USA to 2 Wars!. So to be fair thats where the debt started!. Its like blaming the guy who mobs the floor and you waltzed in with your dirty boots!..

      August 16, 2011 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  16. Snarky

    Good job CNN. You've succeeded in making me want to cave this guy's skull in with a brick every time I see his smug f-ing face.

    August 10, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  17. pam

    It is pretty distasteful to advertise what celebs make when the country is a financial mess. People are out of work, homeless and struggling everyday to survive. Who cares who is being overpaid?? Get real, Hollywood!

    August 10, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • MLS

      it would be nice if people would boycott the entertainment industry in order to bring down salaries. I do not see any first-run movies (does Tom Cruise really need any of my money?), and I don't watch a lot of tv (I have never seen 2-1/2 men). If people stoped watching, if would cause a big change in salaries.

      August 14, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrMajestik

      Well said Pam , fu*kin disgusting
      But not nearly as bad as what CEOs and Wall Street types ...the people that actually sacrificed their country's economy to make a buck... Anyhow, hope things are going well for you and the "pawns in the game of life"

      August 16, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      With ya there pam.

      Do we need to know who is the highest paid celebrity on tv, in movies, how much they make per episode, per movie, do we need to know how much their homes are, where they live, do we care that Pointless Kim Kardasian's wedding cost $10million dollars.

      No to all. We people, who are not celebrities, do NOT need to now all this junk about celebrities or sports figures. It is highly embarrassing the value placed upon these people and to have their money publicized all over the place.

      August 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      I'm one of the strugglers but I don't find it disgusting at all. Any popular TV show is responsible for tens of millions of dollars that help employ other people. Directly, Ashton Kurcher (and other stars) employ technical people, writers, caterers, janitors, carpenters, etc. Indirectly, companys that advertise employ people to manufacture their product which also employs people in grocery stores, car dealerships, etc. that sell their product. TVs that are bought to watch 2 1/2 men employ people at factories and electronic stores. There are literally hundreds of other ways any major enterprise adds to the economy. No money would be spent if it wasn't making thousands of people (even "regular" people) additional money. Any flow of money in the economy is good.

      September 9, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |

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