Forbes Names the Highest-Paid Actress on TV — and She’s WAY Ahead of the Pack; Here’s the Top 10

Sep 5, 2013  •  Post A Comment

Forbes magazine has come out with its list of the highest-paid TV actresses of 2013, and the actress at No. 1 on the list is "Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara. This is Vergara’s second consecutive year at the top of the list.

Vergara’s earnings over the past year reached $30 million, making her by far the top-paid actress on prime time, the story notes. She has been helped by deals from companies eager to tap into the Hispanic market, and has a high-profile product line at Kmart, the piece notes.

Forbes reports: "Vergara’s endorsement deals speak to the same set of consumers — Diet Pepsi, Covergirl, Rooms to Go and thyroid medicine Synthoid signed contracts this year in addition to Spanish-language commercials for laundry detergent, Comcast and State Farm insurance — deals that establish the star [as] one of the most in-demand spokespeople as marketers hope to capture her high-wattage crossover appeal."

Vergara’s earnings are almost triple those of the next actresses on the list. Tied at No. 2 are Kaley Cuoco of "The Big Bang Theory" and "Law & Order: SVU" veteran Mariska Hargitay, both with earnings of $11 million.

The Forbes rankings are based on earnings from June 2012 to June 2013.

Here’s the top 10:

1. Sofia Vergara, $30 million
2. (tie) Kaley Cuoco, $11 million
2. (tie) Mariska Hargitay, $11 million
4. (tie) Tina Fey, $10 million
4. (tie) Bethenny Frankel, $10 million
4. (tie) Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian, $10 million each
4. (tie) Melissa McCarthy, $10 million
4. (tie) Ellen Pompeo, $10 million

Thumbnail image for sofia_vergara.jpgSofia Vergara

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