The five main cast members on a show that has been one of broadcast television’s recent success stories — both critically and with viewers — just scored massive raises. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the stars of NBC’s “This Is Us” will see big bumps in their paychecks after renegotiating their contracts with 20th Century Fox Television.
“Stars Milo Ventimiglia (Jack), Mandy Moore (Rebecca), Sterling K. Brown (Randall), Chrissy Metz (Kate) and Justin Hartley (Kevin) will see their per-episode salary jump to $250,000, once their respective signing bonuses are factored in, according to sources,” THR reports.
Season three, which premieres tonight, will again consist of 18 episodes, as did seasons one and two.
“The five central cast members did not start out with the same salary. Ventimiglia, for example, made $115,000 per episode, while Hartley earned $75,000 and Metz, who famously had 81 cents in her bank account when she booked ‘This Is Us,’ earned $40,000. The stars will now earn $4.5 million per season,” THR reports.
The report adds: “It’s unclear if co-stars Susan Kelechi Watson (fan favorite Beth) and Chris Sullivan (Toby) also renegotiated their pacts.”
“This Is Us” is the top returning series on broadcast TV in the advertiser-coveted demo of adults 18-49. The report notes that the show averaged a 5.4 rating in the demo after seven days of delayed viewing — almost double NBC’s No. 2 scripted series, “Will & Grace.”