CBS was able to renew its biggest hit, “The Big Bang Theory,” earlier this week when the two most recent additions to the show, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, signed up for two more seasons. The stumbling block had been their salaries, which were thought to be in the $200,000 per episode range. Though impressive enough, these pale next to the million dollar paychecks per week cashed by the original five cast members.
To help out their colleagues, who joined the show in season three, this quintet — Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar — took a pay cut of $100,000 each per week. Helberg and Nayyar reached this mark in their negotiations with Warner Brothers several seasons back, bringing them up to the level enjoyed by the first three for a few years now.
Assuming this extra half million was split between Bialik and Rauch, that would mean they are pulling in $450,000 each per episode. Again, a nice chunk of change, but still just half of the $900K made by each of the first five on the show.
All of that adds up to a payroll of $5.4 million per episode. But that is money well spent as “The Big Bang Theory” remains a ratings and revenue behemoth, averaging 19.4 million viewers and bringing in more than $1 billion for Warner Bros. TV in syndication deals.
“The Big Bang Theory” was nominated at the Emmy Awards as Best Comedy Series from 2011-2014, while Parsons scored whopping six consecutive Best Comedy Actor Emmy bids of which he won four: 2010-2011 and 2013-2014. Bialik, who plays his girlfriend, earned four Emmy nominations for Best Comedy Supporting Actress between 2012 and 2015.
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