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Top Dollar: Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara
Sofia Vergara
SofĂ­a Margarita Vergara Vergara, born July 10, 1972, is a Colombian actress, comedian, television hostess and model. As of 2012 Vergara stars on the ABC series Modern Family as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, for which she was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Comedy Actress. | Photo: SNL | Sophia Vergara, Actress, Model, Sexy, Columbia,

Top earners in television this season

For the second year in a row, Sofia Vergara tops Forbes magazine's list of the highest-earning actress on primetime TV.

The "Modern Family" star made an estimated $30 million between June 2012 to June 2013, and while all of that didn't come from TV - Forbes notes that Vergara is "the reigning queen of celebrity endorsement deals" - it nonetheless places her in a separate league from the other ladies of primetime.

For example, Kaley Cuoco of "The Big Bang Theory" is tied for second place with "Law & Order: SVU's" Mariska Hargitay - and their estimated earnings are $11 million each over the past year.

Tina Fey, whose hit "30 Rock" ended this year, made roughly $10 million in the past year, as did reality TV star-turned-talk show host Bethenny Frankel.

Interestingly enough, the ever-present Kardashian Three - Kourtney, Kim and Khloe - arrive at No. 5 on Forbes' list, with their various endorsements and TV shows adding up to about $10 million each.

To calculate the worth of each TV star's bank account, Forbes speaks with managers, agents, and other industry insiders to get an idea of how much each actress is earning in upfront pay, residuals, endorsements and advertising deals.

Speaking of Kaley Cuoco, she, Jim Parsons, and Johnny Galecki, are set to drop a Big Bang on Warner Bros. The stars are planning to demand a higher salary for each episode of the eighth season of the No. 1 rated CBS comedy.

Currently, the trio each earn about $350,000 per episode PLUS a percentage of profits from the syndication of the show; a perk they obtained during their last negotiations. That's not enough for all the laughs they provide, however, since they're going to ask for half a million PER EPISODE.

They know the critical position Big Bang holds on CBS' prime-time schedule and the only thing preventing them getting what they want would be a spectacular ratings demise this season. That isn't about to happen anytime soon.

This isn't the first time stars have banded together for a pay-raise. Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and Courtney Cox secured a $1 million per episode salary for their last season of Friends back in 2002.
With Big Bang Theory being nominated for eight Emmys, having 18.6 million viewers at the end of its sixth season, and earning a 6.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which gained the show the No.1 comedy title, They may get what they want.

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Updated May 10, 2017 12:29 PM EDT | More details

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