Who Is TV’s Highest-Paid Actress?
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Who Is TV’s Highest-Paid Actress?

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.

Here's the full ranking:

  1. Sofia Vergara, Modern Family: $30 million

  2. Kaley Cuoco, Big Bang Theory: $11 million

  3. Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU: $11 million

  4. Tina Fey, 30 Rock: $10 million

  5. Bethenny Frankel, Bethenny: $10 million

  6. Kim Kardashian, Keeping Up with the Kardashians: $10 million

  7. Kourtney Kardashian, Keeping Up with the Kardashians: $10 million

  8. Khloe Kardashian, Keeping Up with the Kardashians: $10 million

  9. Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly: $10 million

  10. Ellen Pompeo, Grey's Anatomy: $10 million

  11. Cobie Smulders, How I Met Your Mother: $9 million

  12. Alyson Hannigan, How I Met Your Mother: $8 million

  13. Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation: $7 million

  14. Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife: $7 million

  15. Lena Dunham, Girls: $6 million

  16. Zooey Deschanel, New Girl: $6 million

  17. Courteney Cox, Cougar Town: $6 million

  18. Whitney Cummings; Whitney; Love You, Mean It; and Two Broke Girls: $5 million

  19. Mindy Kaling, The Mindy Project: $4 million

  20. Kerry Washington, Scandal: $3 million

Source: Forbes, Business Insider

Dan Clarendon is an assistant editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!