The Big Bang Theory Season 10 star Kaley Cuoco has dropped to second spot in Forbes’ list of 2016 World’s Highest-Paid TV Actresses.
Cuoco is in second place this year with $24.5 million earnings. In 2015 Forbes’ list, Cuoco was tied in first place with Sofia Vergara as both of them recorded the same $28.5 million earnings.
According to Forbes, Cuoco’s earnings in the 2016 list mainly came from her work on The Big Bang Theory. By comparison, 66% of Vergara’s whopping $43 million gross earnings did not come from Modern Family. Instead, the bump in Vergara’s income comes from huge product endorsements and licensing deals. This is the fifth consecutive year the Colombian actress made it to top of the list.
This means should Cuoco not sign up for a new contract with The Big Bang Theory, her position in the list of Highest-Paid TV Actresses by 2018 will drop significantly. Cuoco’s contract will expire when Season 10 concludes in 2017. Forbes’ data for its list of 2016 World’s Highest-Paid TV Actresses was collected from June 1, 2015 to June 1, 2016.
Cuoco currently enjoys her $1 million per episode salary for her role as Penny in The Big Bang Theory. She, along with co-stars Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki, holds the biggest TV salary deals.
Check out Forbes’ 2016 World’s Highest-Paid TV Actresses complete list below.
There have been rumors that Big Bang Theory Season 10 will be the last for the hit CBS comedy show. Cuoco earlier hinted that extending TBBT to another season could be very expensive for a lot of people. The main cast members are currently negotiating their salary with the show’s executives.
The Big Bang Theory Season 10 premiere airs on Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Meanwhile, here’s the complete list of your favorite highest-paid TV actresses.
- Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) $43 million
- Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) $24.5 million
- Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project) $15 million
- Mariska Hargitay (Law and Order: SVU) 5 million
- Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy) $14.5 million
- Kerry Washington (Scandal) $13.5 million
- Stana Katic (Castle) $12 million
- Priyanka Chopra (Quantico) $11 million
- Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) $10.5 million
- Julie Bowen (Modern Family) $10 million
- Pauley Perrette (NCIS) $9.5 million
- Patricia Heaton (The Middle) $8.5 million
- Emily Deschanel (Bones) $7.5 million
- Julia Louis-Drefyus (Veep) $7.5 million
- Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) $7 million