Ashton Kutcher named top-earning TV actor in new Forbes list, 'Two and a Half Men' co-star Jon Cryer in second

By Daniel S Levine,

Forbes is out with another list, focusing on the men of television. Ashton Kutcher, the star of CBS’ Two and a Half Men came out on top, easily topping his co-star Jon Cryer.

From June 2013 to June 2014, Kutcher earned a cool $26 million, the magazine says. Although the show’s ratings have tumbled since the Charlie Sheen heyday, it is still earning 11 million viewers, which is enough to explain Kutcher and Cryer’s huge paychecks.

Cryer earned $19 million, tied for second with Mark Harmon, who stars on another CBS hit, NCIS.

This upcoming season on Men will actually be its last. Back in July, CBS revealed that the final season will feature Kutcher and Cryer’s characters getting married just so Kutcher can adopt a child.

While Kutcher also rakes in money from his tech interests, Cryer is hoping to earn some extra money from a memoir that will be published next year. Plus, even after the show ends, they stand to earn money from syndication.

Yet another CBS star is on the list. How I Met Your Mother’s Neil Patrick Harris earned $18 million during the past year, which saw the long-running show come to an (unsatisfactory) end.

Patrick Dempsey from Grey’s Anatomy on ABC earned $16 million, as did House of Cards star Kevin Spacey.

Tim Allen, who appears on ABC’s Last Man Standing, earned $15 million. Simon Baker of CBS’ The Mentalist raked in $13 million.

The rest of the stars on the list are The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons ($12 million); HIMYM’s Jason Segel ($11 million); Jason Galecki of Big Bang ($11 million); Mad Men’s Jon Hamm ($10 million); Sheen from Anger Management ($10 million); HIMYM’s Josh Radnor ($10 million); and Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston ($8 million).

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