'Big Bang Theory' Stars Top Forbes' List of 2016's Highest Paid TV Actors and That's Not a Shocker

Jim Parsons once again tops the list with $25.5 million income earned in a year, followed close behind by his co-stars Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar.

AceShowbiz - Forbes has unveiled its annual list of television's highest-paid actors. For the second year in a row, %cJim Parsons% sits on the top spot, this year with a $25.5 million income earned between June 1, 2015 and June 1, 2016 which he once again got from his lucrative "The Big Bang Theory" contract.

This is not surprising considering reports that Parsons and his co-star %cJohnny Galecki% earn $1 million per episode each. In fact, "Big Bang" main actors claim the top four spots on the list. Galecki is at No. 2 with $24 million, followed by %cSimon Helberg% at No. 3 with $22.5 million and %cKunal Nayyar% at No. 4 with $22 million.

While Helberg and Nayyar earn slightly less than Parsons and Galecki, their side projects helped them secure the spots in the top five. Helberg had a role in "Florence Foster Jenkins" starring %cMeryl Streep% and %cHugh Grant%, while Nayyar is an author of best-selling memoir "Yes, My Accent Is Real".

"Big Bang" lead actress %cKaley Cuoco% was previously announced as the second highest-paid TV actress with $24.5 million, behind "Modern Family" star %cSofia Vergara% ($43 million).

Back to the highest-paid TV actor list, "NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" star %cMark Harmon% places fifth with another $20 million. His show was the third-most watched television program in the 2015-2016 season, behind the Super Bowl and "The Big Bang Theory".

%cDavid Duchovny% cracks the list with $10 million, thanks largely to his return as Fox Mulder on "The X-Files" revival. He is tied in the 13th place along with %cMichael Weatherly%, who earned the money from his stint on "NCIS". He recently left the show to headline a new CBS series, "Bull".

Other names in the top 15 include "Modern Family" stars %cTy Burrell%, %cJesse Tyler Ferguson%, %cEd O'Neill% and %cEric Stonestreet%.

1. %cJim Parsons% - $25.5 million 2. %cJohnny Galecki% - $24 million 3. %cSimon Helberg% - $22.5 million 4. %cKunal Nayyar% - $22 million 5. %cMark Harmon% - $20 million 6. %cTy Burrell% - $12.5 million 7. %cNathan Fillion% - $12 million (tie) 7. %cJesse Tyler Ferguson% - $12 million (tie) 7. %cRay Romano% - $12 million (tie) 10. %cEd O'Neill% - $11.5 million 11. %cEric Stonestreet% - $11 million 12. %cKevin Spacey% - $10.5 million 13. %cMichael Weatherly% - $10 million (tie) 13. %cDavid Duchovny% - $10 million (tie) 15. %cJustin Chambers% - $9.5 million

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