All hail Sofia Vergara! The hilarious Colombian export is far and away TV's highest-paid female star, according to a new report by Forbes — and not just because of her breakout role as Gloria in Modern Family. She also supplements her income with endorsement deals stateside and abroad.
Same goes for the runner-up, Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco, who not only receives $300,000 for each episode of the hit sitcom but also stars in a series of ads for both Priceline and Toyota.
Melissa McCarthy has vaulted up the ranks, thanks to her starring roles in comedy movies like The Heat and Identity Thief. Former New York Housewife Bethenny Frankel is riding high off her SkinnyGirl cocktail line. And Cobie Smulders is edging out Mother cast-mate Alyson Hannigan by playing Agent Maria Hill in The Avengers, The Avengers 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
As Business Insider notes, actresses Kate Walsh (Private Practice), Marg Helgenberger (CSI), Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), and all the Desperate Housewives — Eva Longoria, Felicity Huffman, Teri Hatcher, and Marcia Cross — have all fallen off the list, since their shows have left the airwaves.