The LA Times looked at the salaries of 24 people on television and compared it to how popular their shows were. The result was a list of who was overpaid and underpaid. Here are the comedians on the list (and Snooki):
#1 Chelsea Hander: Salary: $12 million | Ratings: 0.718 million | Pay per viewer: $16.70#3 David Letterman: Salary: $31 million | Ratings: 3.2 million | Pay per viewer: $9.69#4 Jon Stewart: Salary: $14 million | Ratings: 1.7 million | Pay per viewer: $8.24#6 Craig Ferguson: Salary: $8.5 million | Ratings: 1.5 million | Pay per viewer: $5.67#11: Stephen Colbert: Salary: $4.5 million | Ratings: 1.2 million | Pay per viewer: $3.75#12 Jimmy Kimmel : Salary: $6 million | Ratings: 1.8 million | Pay per viewer: $3.33#16 Tina Fey: Salary: $7.2 million | Ratings: 4.6 million| Pay per viewer: $1.57#18 Ashton Kutcher: Salary: $17 million | Ratings: 14.7 million | Pay per viewer: $1.16#23: Snooki: Salary: $1.2 million | Ratings: 7.6 million | Pay per viewer: $0.16#24: Ty Burrell (Modern Family): Salary: $1.1 million | Ratings: 13.3 million | Pay per viewer: $0.08
The problem is, for whatever reason, the list ignores the fact that the people at the top are doing upwards of 200 episodes a year, opposed to the 24 that Ty Burrell does. It also ignores that many of these people, like Tina Fey, are being paid as producers/creators/showrunners as well. That being said, it’s fun to see how much money people make. What I’m trying to say is: Mr. Letterman, please give me some money, please.