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What are your favorite shows on television? Do you watch them because of the content or because of the people who star in the shows? It’s their job as entertainers to keep you watching, but you may be shocked to find out how much cash the top paid stars make.

Here are the total breakdowns from this week’s of TV Guide Magazine, that will hit news stands on August 22nd.

DRAMA (per episode)
Mark Harmon (NCIS – 24 episodes a season): $525,000 + points
Claire Danes (Homeland – 12 episodes a season): $250,000
Michael Weatherly (NCIS – 24 episodes a season): $250,000
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones - 10 episodes a season): $150,000
Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black – 10 episodes a season): $50,000

COMEDY (per episode)
Ashton Kutcher (Two and a Half Men - 24 episodes a season): $750,000
Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother - 24 episodes a season): $225,000
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation - 22 episodes a season): $200,000
Robin Williams (The Crazy Ones - 13 episodes a season): $165,000
Max Greenfield (New Girl - 24 episodes a season): $75,000

REALITY
Howard Stern (America’s Got Talent): $15 million per year
Keith Urban (American Idol): $5 million per year
Blake Shelton (The Voice): $4 million per cycle
RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race): $50,000 per episode
Reza Farahan (Shahs of Sunset): $18,000 per episode

LATE NIGHT (per year)
Jon Stewart (The Daily Show): $25-30 million
Jay Leno (The Tonight Show): $20 million
David Letterman (Late Night): $20 million
Jimmy Kimmel (Jimmy Kimmel Live): $10 million
Andy Cohen (Watch What Happens Live): $2 million

NEWS (per year)
Matt Lauer (NBC): $22-25 million
Rachel Maddow (MSNBC): $7 million
Megyn Kelly (Fox News Channel): $6 million
Scott Pelley (CBS): $5 million
Chris Cuomo (CNN): $2.5 million

DAYTIME/SYNDICATION (per year)
Judy Sheindlin (Judge Judy): $47 million
Katie Couric (Katie): $10 million
Michael Strahan (Live with Kelly and Michael): $4 million
Sharon Osbourne (The Talk): $1 million
Aisha Tyler (The Talk): $1 million

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