Stars of CBS's The Big Bang Theory are getting some nice salary increases this season. The five main cast members' contracts are up, and apparently they're negotiating some hefty pay increases, thanks in part to their surging ratings. Of course "The Big Bang Theory" is also up for eight Emmy Awards this Sunday, which could only help boost those pay bumps even higher, according to Deadline on Sept. 18.
The original five cast members have formed two groups. Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons are reportedly going from their current $325,000 per episode to north of half a million.
Some reports even say they could pull a "Friends" and end up at around $1 million per episode. Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar are also renegotiating their contracts together, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Meanwhile, now-regulars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch recently inked new deals with studio Warner Bros. Television, guaranteeing their long-term presence on the series as well.
Rumor has it the pair went from earning in the $20-$30k range to around $60,000 per episode. They'll also receive annual increases, ending up at nearly $100,000 an episode by the end of their contracts.
The hit sitcom is up for eight Emmy Awards this Sunday. They just may finally win their first one for Best Comedy, having been bested by popular "Modern Family" multiple times.
Jim Parsons might just win another Emmy for his awesome portrayal of neurotic Dr. Sheldon Cooper as well. This past Sunday, comedy legend Bob Newhart won his first ever Emmy for his guest spot as Professor Proton on the hit series. He'll reprise that role during the upcoming season.
During its sixth season, Big Bang rose to new ratings heights, thanks surely in part to its syndication on TBS. The series beat out ABC's "Modern Family" to become the top scripted comedy on television not only in total viewers, but also among the advertiser-sought adults 18-49 demographic.
"The Big Bang Theory" wasn't even in the top-40 back in 2009. Thankfully it's found its audience. It is sad however, how quickly networks take the axe to new shows these days without giving them the chance to do what Big Bang has done.
With "The Big Bang Theory" coming off its highest-rated season ever, and being a mega hit for two networks, CBS and TBS, it's easy to see why its stars are seeking a piece of the pie.
The hit show is also a "golden goose" for producer Warner Bros TV. The series returns for its seventh season on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 8 ET on CBS.