'Big Bang Theory' cast reaches deal; here's how much they'll make per episode
Today in Depressing Celebrity Salaries news: Three of the five main cast members of The Big Bang Theory reached a deal with Warner Bros. Television to continue starring on the show. Predictably, the deal gets them a whole lot more money to do so. Bazinga!
Production on CBS' Big Bang Theory was briefly delayed last month as the cast of TV's most popular sitcom went through prolonged negotiations with the studio. But don't fear, BBT fans, the show can now go on: Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco inked new three-year deals that will keep them on the show through its 10th season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. And what will they each be paid for their strenuous labors? $1 million per episode. Yes, per episode, which means next season alone each actor will earn somewhere north of $20 mil. Charming.
The other two cast members, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, are still in negotiations.
For some sitcom salary context, we'll note that all six Friends were paid $1 million per episode for the final season of NBC's hit almost 15 years ago. And in 2013, Ashton Kutcher was the highest-paid sitcom actor on TV at $700,000 per episode of Two and a Half Men. So, not too shabby, Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco. We're glad Parsons in particular has an additional reason to get out of bed in the morning, besides those three Emmys.
Big Bang Theory is consistently one of the highest-rated shows on TV; it had its most-watched season finale ever in May, with 16.3 million viewers tuning in.