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Forbes has released its annual highest-paid TV actors list, and Mr. Kutcher topped the charts with $24 million made from May 2011 to May 2012. The magazine notes that the sitcom’s former star, Charlie Sheen, topped the previous year’s list of TV actors with $40 million.
The runners-up on this year’s Forbes TV list are Hugh Laurie, who took home $18 million during the final season of “House,” and Ray Romano, who earned the same amount. Alec Baldwin ($15 million), Mark Harmon ($15 million) and Tim Allen ($14 million) followed.
Mr. Kutcher’s “Two and a Half Men” co-star, Jon Cryer — who took home the 2012 Emmy Award for lead actor in a comedy — earned $13 million.
Earlier this year, the magazine released its highest-paid actors list, which included film stars, and Tom Cruise took the crown with $75 million.
In calculating the TV list, Forbes notes that it didn’t “deduct for manager and agent fees or the other costs of being a celebrity” in its estimate of the top-earning TV stars.
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Nielsen, the company that measures TV ratings, said there’s more of a taste for high definition than a supply of programming.
In May, an estimated 61 percent of all prime-time viewing was done on a high-def set. Yet only about 29 percent of prime-time viewing on broadcast networks was in true high definition. It was even less for cable networks.
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