TV Guide unveiled its annual list of the highest paid stars in television. The weekly magazine looked at notable names in different genres of television, including drama, comedy, reality, late night, news and daytime/syndication. The rankings were assigned based on salary per episode and per year.

According to TV Guide, the biggest change this year is in late night. “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart claims the top spot, earning $25-30 million per year. Stewart -- who hosts the highest rated program in the 18-49 demographic, making it very lucrative to advertisers -- dethrones David Letterman and Jay Leno, who both earn $20 million per year.

TV Guide notes that Leno and Letterman made close to $30 million last year, but that number is down due to the decreased licensing fee that CBS pays to Letterman’s production company, Worldwide Pants. Leno’s salary decreased this year after taking a huge pay cut from NBC in order to cut costs on “The Tonight Show.”  

Infamous shock jock Howard Stern is the new king of reality television, making $15 million per year as a judge on “America’s Got Talent.”

In drama, comedy and news, the top spot is occupied by the same names as last year. Mark Harmon makes $525,000 per episode for NCIS, and Ashton Kutcher makes $750,000 per episode for CBS’ “Two and a Half Men.” “The Today Show” host Matt Lauer also reigns supreme in the news, raking in $22-25 million per year.

Judy Sheindlin is the highest paid name on the list, earning $47 million for her highly popular “Judge Judy” daytime program, which is entering into its 18th season in Sept.

See the entire list below, via TV Guide

DRAMA (per episode)

Mark Harmon (NCIS): $525,000 + points

Claire Danes (Homeland): $250,000

Michael Weatherly (NCIS): $250,000

Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones): $150,000

Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black): $50,000

COMEDY (per episode)

Ashton Kutcher (Two and a Half Men): $750,000

Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother): $225,000

Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation): $200,000

Robin Williams (The Crazy Ones): $165,000

Max Greenfield (New Girl): $75,000


Howard Stern (America’s Got Talent): $15 million per year

Keith Urban (American Idol): $5 million per year

Blake Shelton (The Voice): $4 million per cycle

RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race): $50,000 per episode

Reza Farahan (Shahs of Sunset): $18,000 per episode

LATE NIGHT (per year)

Jon Stewart (The Daily Show): $25-30 million

Jay Leno (The Tonight Show): $20 million

David Letterman (Late Night): $20 million

Jimmy Kimmel (Jimmy Kimmel Live): $10 million

Andy Cohen (Watch What Happens Live): $2 million

NEWS (per year)

Matt Lauer (NBC): $22-25 million

Rachel Maddow (MSNBC): $7 million

Megyn Kelly (Fox News Channel): $6 million

Scott Pelley (CBS): $5 million

Chris Cuomo (CNN): $2.5 million


Judy Sheindlin (Judge Judy): $47 million

Katie Couric (Katie): $10 million

Michael Strahan (Live with Kelly and Michael): $4 million

Sharon Osbourne (The Talk): $1 million

Aisha Tyler (The Talk): $1 million