Ashton Kutcher Replaces Charlie Sheen as No. 1 on Forbes' List of Highest Paid TV Actors

Entertainment Oct. 19, 2012 AT 5:00PM
Ashton Kutcher, Charlie Sheen Ashton Kutcher, Charlie Sheen Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images; Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Charlie Sheen is no longer "winning" the TV payday game.

According to Forbes, his Two and a Half Men replacement, Ashton Kutcher, is now the highest paid actor working in television. Kutcher, 34, reportedly earned $24 million between May 2011 and May 2012, while Sheen, 47, isn't even included on the list. Sheen scored the top spot last year with his whopping $40 million 2010-2011 paycheck. (In order to figure out their rankings, Forbes looks at combined earnings from all of an actor's projects, including TV and movie paychecks, endorsement deals and business ventures.)

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Tied for second place on the list -- with $18 million in earnings this past year -- are House's Hugh Laurie and Ray Romano (thanks mostly to his Ice Age role and the royalties he earns from Everybody Loves Raymond re-runs).

Rounding out the top five? Alec Baldwin and NCIS' Mark Harmon each earned approximately $15 million, tying for fourth, while Tim Allen raked in about $14 million, from his role on ABC's Last Man Standing, Home Improvement re-runs and his gig as beloved Toy Story protagonist Buzz Lightyear.

Though he isn't exactly earning the big network sitcom bucks these days, Sheen is still worth a reported $75 million. Earlier this year, he pledged to donate over $1 million, plus one percent of his Anger Management salary, to the United Service Organization.

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In early 2011, the volatile actor was fired from Two and a Half Men thanks to his erratic behavior and attacks on show creator Chuck Lorre.

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