Now that Charlie Sheen is no longer on “Two and a Half Men” — where he was widely known to be the highest-paid actor on TV — there’s a new top dog when it comes to sitcom salaries, TVGuide.com reports.
The top-earning sitcom star is the actor who replaced Sheen on the hit CBS comedy, Ashton Kutcher.
Kutcher is earning $700,000 per episode, which is far more than the $125,000 per episode typically earned by lead actors on new prime-time series but still well below Sheen’s top salary of $1.2 million per episode, the story points out.
Veterans Tim Allen and Kiefer Sutherland will receive $225,000 per episode to return to television, the same as Ted Danson’s salary for joining "CSI," the piece notes. For CBS, that represents a savings on Laurence Fishburne’s $350,000 per episode for the crime drama.
News divisions are also trying to keep costs down, the story says. Scott Pelley, who replaced Katie Couric at CBS News, is earning less than a third of her $15 million-per-year salary, while Piers Morgan is receiving less than a third of Larry King’s salary in King’s final year on CNN.