"Two and a Half Men" may not be the highest-rated comedy anymore, but it still employs the two highest-paid TV actors — and three of the top 10 earning television stars of last year. Make that four, if you still count Charlie Sheen.
According to Forbes, Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer made around $24 million and $21 million, respectively, between June 2012 and June 2013. Kutcher stands to bank even more money once his episodes go into syndication. Coming in at No. 7 is their "Men" co-star Angus T. Jones, who despite issues with producers, still pocketed $11 million.
Although down from its Sheen-powered heyday when it would draw 28 million viewers a week, the CBS sitcom attracted 11.6 million viewers for this year's season premiere. To put that in perspective, "Men" had fewer viewers than the series premiere of ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
This is the second straight year Kutcher has topped Forbes's list. In 2012, he tallied an estimated $24 million after taking over for Sheen. Cryer is way up from last year, when he ranked seventh with $13 million.
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Just a little perspective for you: In 2011, when Sheen still had the lead role, he came in at No. 1 on the Forbes list with $40 million. Charlie, who now fronts FX's "Anger Management," slides in at No. 9 this year with $10 million. Hooray for syndication!
This is likely to be Jones's last year on the list; the 19-year-old is no longer a series regular (last year, a video went viral of the actor calling "Two and a Half Men" filth and urging viewers not to watch the show). However, Jones will still earn tons of dough from residuals.
In non-"Men" news, Ray Romano comes in at No. 3 with $16 million. He co-stars on NBC's "Parenthood" now, but the 55-year-old actor still gets the bulk of his income from "Everybody Loves Raymond" syndication royalties. Last year, Romano held the same ranking.
In 2012, "NCIS" star Mark Harmon and "30 Rock" actor Alec Baldwin tied for fourth place. This year, Harmon shares the No. 4 spot (at $15 million) with Neil Patrick Harris, who makes his debut on the list thanks to his roles on "How I Met Your Mother" and the "Smurfs" franchise.
Forbes compiles their list by talking to producers, managers, agents, and other industry sources to come up with estimates for how much each actor earned from entertainment-related endeavors from June 2012 through June 2013.
Here's the full list of TV's top-paid actors:
(1) Ashton Kutcher, $24 million
(2) Jon Cryer, $21 million
(3) Ray Romano, $16 million
(4) Neil Patrick Harris (tie), $15 million
(4) Mark Harmon (tie), $15 million
(6) Patrick Dempsey, $13 million
(7) Tim Allen (tie), $11 million
(7) Angus T. Jones (tie), $11 million
(9) Michael C. Hall (tie), $10 million
(9) Charlie Sheen (tie), $10 million
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