October 16, 2013 02:33:52 GMT
The 'Two and a Half Men' actor tops Forbes' list for the second consecutive year, followed by his co-star Jon Cryer in the second place.
Ashton Kutcher maintains his reign as highest-paid TV actor. According to the annual list compiled by Forbes, the former "That '70s Show" star earned an estimated $24 million between June 2012 and June 2013, mostly from his regular stint on "Two and a Half Men".
It marks the second time in a row the boyfriend of Mila Kunis tops the list following his return to television in 2011. "TV's highest-paid actor is laughing all the way to the bank since replacing Sheen on 'Two and a Half Men' after the troubled star's 2011 flameout," Forbes says. Kutcher's predecessor Charlie Sheen held the top spot in 2011.
The CBS sitcom proves to be a huge money machine for its stars since another of its regulars, Jon Cryer, lands on No. 2 with an estimated $21 million. Angus T. Jones, who is downgraded to recurring role since the currently airing 11th season, lands on the seventh place with $11 million.
Ray Romano, whose hit sitcom "Everbody Loves Raymond" ended eight years ago, manages to snatch the third spot with $16 million. The bulk of his annual earnings came from syndication of the long-running CBS sitcom.
"How I Met Your Mother" funnyman Neil Patrick Harris and "NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" star/executive producer Mark Harmon are tied in the fourth place with $15 million each.
"Grey's Anatomy" actor Patrick Dempsey and veteran comedian Tim Allen who currently headlines ABC's comedy "Last Man Standing" follow in the sixth and seventh places respectively. "Dexter" alum Michael C. Hall and former champion Sheen, meanwhile, round up the Top 10 with $10 million each.
1. Ashton Kutcher - $24 million
2. Jon Cryer - $21 million
3. Ray Romano - $16 million
4. Neil Patrick Harris - $15 million (tied)
4. Mark Harmon - $15 million (tied)
6. Patrick Dempsey - $13 million
7. Tim Allen - $11 million (tied)
7. Angus T. Jones - $11 million (tied)
9. Michael C. Hall - $10 million (tied)
9. Charlie Sheen - $10 million (tied)