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So Apparently Emilia Clarke Makes $500,000 USD per Episode for 'Game of Thrones'

You’ll never guess how much TV’s highest paid talents make for each episode.

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So Apparently Emilia Clarke Makes $500,000 USD per Episode for 'Game of Thrones'

You’ll never guess how much TV’s highest paid talents make for each episode.

Variety has recently compiled various lists showing the highest-paid actors and talents in television. Presented below are estimates of celebrities’ incomes from the most current season of the series they are involved in. For the drama section, the top spot is shared between Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel from Netflix’s upcoming series Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, with both of them earning a whopping $750,000 USD per episode. Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke comes eighth on the list with an income of $500,000 USD for each episode of the show.

Onto the comedy category, the highest-earning actors are The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki (all earning $1,000,000 USD per episode). The trio is followed by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who earns $400,000 for each episode of HBO’s Ballers; as well as Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, who receive $350,000 USD per episode of Netflix’s Maniac. As for reality and news programmes, Ellen DeGeneres comes third on the list for making $20 million USD per episode of Ellen, while Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel both earn approximately $13-15 million USD for each episode of their talk shows.

Check out a summary of the rankings below. You can also head over here to view the complete lists.

DRAMA
Actor/Show – Estimated income per episode
1. Lauren Graham/Gilmore Girls - $750,000 USD
2. Alexis Bledel/Gilmore Girls - $750,000 USD
3. Mark Harmon/NCIS - $525,000 USD
4. Kevin Spacey/House of Cards - $500,000 USD
5. Peter Dinklage/Game of Thrones - $500,000 USD
6. Lena Headey/Game of Thrones - $500,000 USD
7. Kit Harington/Game of Thrones - $500,000 USD
8. Emilia Clarke/Game of Thrones - $500,000 USD
9. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau/Game of Thrones - $500,000 USD
10. Claire Danes/Homeland - $450,000 USD

COMEDY
1. Jim Parsons/The Big Bang Theory - $1,000,000 USD
2. Kaley Cuoco/The Big Bang Theory - $1,000,000 USD
3. Johnny Galecki/The Big Bang Theory - $1,000,000 USD
4. Dwayne Johnson/Ballers - $400,000 USD
5. Drew Barrymore/Santa Clarita Diet – $350,000 USD
6. Emma Stone/Maniac - $350,000 USD
7. Jonah Hill/Maniac - $350,000 USD
8. Nancy Cartwright/The Simpsons – $315,000 USD
9. Dan Castellaneta/The Simpsons - $315,000 USD
10. Julie Kavner/The Simpsons - $315,000 USD

REALITY/HOST/NEWS (per year)
1. Judy Sheindlin/Judge Judy – $47 million USD
2. Matt Lauer/Today -  $22-25 million USD
3. Ellen DeGeneres/Ellen – $20 million USD
4. Bill O’Reilly/The O’Reilly Factor – $18-20 million USD
5. Kelly Ripa/Live with Kelly - $16-20 million USD
6. Miley Cyrus/The Voice - $13-15 million USD
7. Adam Levine/The Voice - $13-15 million USD
8. Jimmy Fallon/The Tonight Show - $13-15 million USD
9. Jimmy Kimmel/Jimmy Kimmel Live - $13-15 million USD
10. Pat Sajak/Wheel of Fortune – $12 million USD

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