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The World's Highest-Paid TV Actresses 2017

HBO's Big Little Lies and Hulu's Handmaid's Tale may be winning awards, but when it comes to money, it’s all about good old-fashioned broadcast television. Just ask Sofia Vergara, the world’s highest-paid TV actress for the sixth year in a row.

Vergara banked $41.5 million before taxes and fees in the 12 months to June 1, some $15 million more than second-ranked Cuoco of CBS' The Big Bang Theory, who earned $26 million during the same period.

Vergara's business-first mentality has put her way ahead of her fellow stars when it comes to earnings. With per-episode earnings of $1 million, Kelly Cuoco's Big Bang Theory income, for example, is more than two times Vergara's Modern Family paycheck. But Cuoco (No 2; $26 million) doesn't have nearly as many endorsements or licensing deals.

Ellen Pompeo of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and Mindy Kaling of Hulu’s The Mindy Project tie for third place on the list, with earnings of $13 million each. Pompeo’s earnings, like Cuoco’s, are almost entirely from her TV work. Her high per-episode fee allowed her to out-earn Kerry Washington (No 7; $11 million), the only other Shonda Rhimes star on the list, mainly thanks to endorsement work. Kaling has begun a lucrative transition to film--she has Oceans 8 and A Wrinkle in Time opening soon--and padded her earnings with a seven-figure campaign for McDonald's.

Top 10 List

1. Sofia Vergara $41.5 million

2. Kaley Cuoco $26 million

3. Ellen Pompeo and Mindy Kaling  $13 million

5. Mariska Hargitay $12.5 million

6. Julie Bowen of Modern family's $12 million

7. Everyone's Shero Kerry Washington $11 million

8. Priyanka Chopra $10 million

9. Robin Wright $9 million

10. Pauley Pierrette $8.5 million

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