The Big Bang Theory Renewal Contract Melissa Rauch Mayim Bialik

Report: Big Bang Renewal Hinges on Raises for Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch

Want another season of The Big Bang Theory? It may depend on making two geeky women very happy.

As previously reported, the hit CBS sitcom, currently in Season 10, is nearing a two-season renewal. But according to our sister site Variety, the final snag holding up the deal is securing a substantial raise for cast members Mayim Bialik (Amy) and Melissa Rauch (Bernadette).

The show’s five other main cast members — Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Kaley Cuoco (Penny), Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Simon Helberg (Howard) and Kunal Nayyar (Raj) — all currently make $1 million per episode, while Bialik and Rauch, who both joined in Season 3, make just (“just”) $200,000 per episode. The Variety report says the original five actors volunteered to cut their per-episode fee by $100,000 each to free up money to give Bialik and Rauch a raise. (Bazinga to that!)

That would bump up Bialik and Rauch’s per-episode salaries to $450,000 each. But their reps are said to be pushing for pay parity with their costars, meaning they would make as much per episode as Parsons and company. Negotiations with Bialik and Rauch’s reps are reportedly underway this week.

It’s hard to imagine a Big Bang without Amy and Bernadette: Bialik has earned four Emmy nominations as Sheldon’s awkward girlfriend Amy Farrah Fowler, and Rauch’s squeaky-voiced Bernadette just gave birth to her and Howard’s first child earlier this season. And it’s hard to imagine a CBS lineup without Big Bang in it: Even in Season 10, the comedy remains TV’s top-rated show in total viewers, averaging 19.5 million viewers each week.

Per Variety, both CBS and the show’s studio, Warner Bros. TV, are “optimistic” a renewal deal will get done… which means Amy and Bernadette might be able to splurge on fancy new eyeglasses soon enough.

Do Bialik and Rauch deserve Big Bang-sized raises? Drop your thoughts in a comment below.

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127 Comments
  1. Jimmy says:

    No offense to the two, but the others have been on the show since the beginning. Regardless, go for it. I hope they get their raises. It’s a fun show but not as funny as it used to be. It is still enjoyable though.

    • If the show was on season six, that might be a valid argument, but at this point, it hardly matters anymore. Equal work, equal pay. I hope they bail if they don’t get parity!

      • Collette says:

        Yes and no. Nothing against the equal pay philosophy, but personally I watch the show despite the girls. The writers have turned Bernie into an uncompromising shrew. Penny has lost all warmth and sweetness and Amy hasn’t evolved from the musty looking dichotomist she’s always been. I’d like to see less of Stuart and more of Zach and/or Emily.

        • Craig Riley says:

          So all of your issues are against the writers, not the actors. Not sure why you thought that was a valid reason that they shouldn’t get the same pay as the show’s other stars… ?

        • A fan of TV says:

          Please define musty. In what context does this make sense describing a human person?

          • Collette says:

            With her opaque long stockings, sweater vests, wool skirts etc. she looks like she raided her grandmother’s mothball infused closet. Perhaps camphor would be a better word than musty. She claims to wants to be attractive yet years with P & B haven’t wised her up one iota.

          • tjchurch2001 says:

            Don’t expect it. Penny only recently realized (w/help of a self-portraying Wheaton) to back off the acting dream/wish & get a real job.

            Also, if it was all connected to a Grandma, why did Nana reject her & Sheldon’s Mom have to reverse-psychology the relationship (especially considering his Mom doesn’t get along with an actual multi-time Mom & licensed psychologist)?!

        • Jill says:

          So Bernie and Penny aren’t what they used to be – you’re not happy. And Amy stayed the same – you’re not happy. Idiot

          • Collette says:

            Personal growth is meant to make a better you. Amy is stagnant and Penny and Bernadette have deteriorated and lost what made them lovable.

      • Angie D says:

        Both Bernadette and Amy are supporting characters. While i do agree that they should get more money since the stars are earning 1 million, I don’t think supporting roles should have the same pay as the stars. Friends was a bit different since the 6 characters were equal.

        • KCatty says:

          Are these “supporting characters” getting any less time than Raj or Walowitz at this point? I’d guess that they are getting as much screen time as two members of the original group. For comparison, what is the actor playing Stuart making per episode?

          • Collette says:

            Time in front of the camera is not the yardstick. A janitor may work the same 40 hour week as the IT guy; that doesn’t make him/her worth the same pay. Value to the overall enterprise is the guideline.

          • A fan of TV says:

            IT people and janitors do different jobs, even though they might do them for the same company. Supporting actors on the same show are doing the same job, so ‘value to overall enterprise’ cannot be the only yardstick. That makes the concept of equal pay for equal work both arbitrary, and wholly dependent upon someone else’s opinion of your worth, despite the fact you get the same script, practice the same scenes, film the same hours…And do the same press. The stars get what they get, but parity for supporting players on a show that still makes a killing on international licensing, syndication orders, even merch…It’s just not even controversial to me at all. Give them a raise.

          • Collette says:

            OK then, if you prefer, supporting actors make less than stars. Wendell Corey didn’t make as much as Jimmy Stewart for Rear Window. Sean Murray doesn’t make as much [not even close] as Mark Harmon on NCIS.

        • The thing is, after this long on the main cast, they shouldn’t be considered supporting characters anymore, given their participation on the show. This, by the way, has nothing to do with the likability of the characters for me. I kinda hate Amy the most. But she’s there as much and frequently and as big as all the others.

          • Collette says:

            I’m sure the producers have focus groups and look closely at fan mail etc. at contract time and know within reason which actors are bringing in the eyeballs. P.S. I despise Amy, too.

          • tjchurch2001 says:

            I’ll make that bet with you. What di you want to bet, & when should I expect the money in my account?

            Producers only get money to make new shows (Men, Bang, etc.). The fan-mail goes to the agents (if the actor’s address isn’t accessible online.) If it’s legal & only in ink, they don’t read it.

            Barring sll that, even if they knew what “brought in the eyeballs”, you can’t be sure it’s the acting (some scripted, some ad-libbed or improvised, especially after playing a character this long), the look (hence paparazzi sites & the like,), or the wardrobe/physical appearance (Rachel’s haircut & all that).

        • Not supporting since they are regulars in the main cast a long time ago, and they def deserve a raise on my their paycheck! TBBT remains the TOP 1 show on TV, the money is HUGE, so not even a discussion!

        • Gary Johnston says:

          I do not believe they are all equal in acting ability and nor bring the same pleasure to the viewer..Hence, not equal pay..

    • pinky says:

      So they’ve been on 3 years less – out of 10 – and get 1/5th the salary? Yeah that makes sense…

      • christopherm says:

        WOW is your math terrible! This is season 10 and they’ve been on since season 3. That means they’ve been apart of the show for 7/10ths of its longevity. Personally I stopped watching a while ago because the show deviated from what it was, but they have earned their spots near the top. I don’t think they deserve pay at the same level as the original cast…I’m also shocked that Howard & Raj are now pulling down the same as the actual main cast, because to me they weren’t the draw for the first 4 seasons. To me, the only 2 people that should earn the most money are the actors (I know their names) portraying Sheldon and Leonard. They were apart of the original failed pilot and were not why that pilot failed.

        • KCC says:

          WOW your reading comprehension is terrible! The OP said, “get 1/5th the salary”. $200,000/$1,000,000=0.20 or 1/5th. If you strictly go by years of service on the show they should be making $700,000/episode.

      • dman6015 says:

        Wow! Everyone’s math is terrible. They have been on the show for EIGHT seasons. They only missed the first TWO seasons. So that is 8/10th, or more mathematically, 4/5th. Giving them $100K per episode, per year on the show, then they would get $1 Million (10 years when you include seasons 11 and 12). However, since the original 5 all gave up $100K to help, then they should only get $900K. Everyone in parity.

      • Billy Bob Johnson says:

        Everyone’s math is off. They’ve both been on since Season 3, which means they’ve been on for EIGHT seasons (having only missed 1 and 2). So, $100K per episode, per year on show would get them $1 Million per episode (10 years, including seasons 11 and 12). Since the other actors are supposedly chipping in $100K per episode, then the two should only get $900K per episode, like the other five. Pay parity.

    • Christopher says:

      Miyam Bialik’s Amy Farrah Fowler is the best part of the show IMO. I love all of the characters and I think all of the actors are great, but there is no way that I would still be watching this show 10 seasons in without the addition of AFF. That is especially the case for the last 3 seasons in which the writing has really been either uneven or bad episode to episode. This show does not work for me without AFF.

      And I definitely agree with others that equal work deserves equal pay. AFF and Bernadette are key characters and get as much screen time as the original cast members for good reason. Rauch and Bialik should get paid. This is the biggest show on TV, and it’s already in syndication and will be FOREVER earning residuals for all involved. CBS can afford it and should do the right thing.

      • Snazzy says:

        Agreed that Miyam Bialik as AFF is fantastic. Not too keen on the Bernadette character.

        • MMD says:

          Bernadette drives me nuts and if she disappeared I wouldn’t be upset. On the other hand if she stays it’s equal pay for equal work.

          • Snazzy says:

            I will have to agree with you on that – equal pay for equal work. However, I am not liking the Bernadette character – the voice sounds like a bad imitation of Karen on Will & Grace.

    • Alex says:

      The show has been the Sheldon/Amy/Leonard/Penny show for years now, with the other three playing strong supporting roles, so it’s ridiculous that Bialik is making peanuts, especially given that Leonard/Galecki has been the weakest cast member for a long time now. And Parsons and Bialik are the only ones that constantly got nominated for awards and won them. I can understand the “seniority” argument, but up to a point, and after being part of 70% of the show’s run it’s become nonsense. The show wouldn’t have lasted anywhere near as long without the two additions, but especially without Bialik. She deserves equal pay with the main three more than anyone else at this stage.

    • mary says:

      Ok-they’re not asking to be paid the same as the others. And going into the next season, they need all the acting chops there for the most material.

  2. Ange says:

    CBS has a reputation for messing things like this up.

  3. Michael says:

    i say give it to them, TBBT has become the Friends of this generation

  4. Fido says:

    Equal work for equal pay. :)

      • Fido says:

        Exactly.

        An actors salary should be based on a number of factors – length of time, amount of work (screen time, lines), and popularity and audience draw.

        Thinking about NCIS, and Abby’s screen time vs Tony (when he was there). Now most eps she was just there for a few mins, compared with Tony being around most of the time (ish) but I can’t be alone in tuning in mostly for Abby so think she and him deserved parity (they had parity, right)

        Do I think Raj and Sheldon are equals ? No, but since they’re getting the same it does feel off that the two ladies get so little (!!!!!!) when compared with the others. And the big ones offering a portion of their salary to boost the gals wages….. imagine how THAT went down.

        ” Hey gals, we see you’re not getting as much as us and that sucks, but rather than diveeing things up equally, cos we’re a team and this is a group effort, and we’re a family, fooey to that, we judge your contribution as 50% of ours so will give up a teenie bit of our money to get you to that 50%.”

        • E. D. Boddy says:

          They didn’t have to give up a dime.

          • tjchurch2001 says:

            Legally, probably not… Morally, they did it rightfully.

            Think about it: When the show started, Bernadette didn’t exist, so nobody was probably considering writing scenes involving the baby she & Howard had. (In fact, Helberg himself recently told Conan an early script titled the show, “Lenny, Penny, & Spenny”.) But now, they’re there, & unless you kill them like his Mom, you need to mention the kid at least once in a while!

    • christopherm says:

      Absolutely, equal pay for equal work. However, posit this Given that there were 5 starring actors on the show before these 2 joined, 3 of those actors were paid more than the other 2, and that this show would likely not have had the resonance it had without the original 5 starring actors.

      Do you think that ANYONE who was hired after success was achieved deserves the same reward as those who helped achieve that success?

      • Fido says:

        Sure, the ‘extras’ didn’t make the show, but for a number of seasons they’ve helped keep it up there and they’re not bit players like Comic Book Guy. Would the show have lasted THIS long if those hadn’t joined ? They allowed the writers to take the show in new directions, blahdeblah……..

        Pah, I’d just like to know how a group can occupy a stage, having basically equal screen time, but one lot feel they’re worth twice as much $$$$ as the other.

      • Josh says:

        Actually, the show didn’t boom until after Amy and Bernadette joined in. Critically too, even though TBBT is far from a critical darling, it finally started getting some praise and attention from critics after they came along. It began during the writers strike season and had pretty low ratings and then slowly picked up but didn’t make it huge until around season 4-5. If anything, the show would have died off a long time ago without them, once people got bored of the same old antics with Sheldon over and over. So I would argue that it was their addition that made it achieve success, not that they joined in a hit show. And they deserve, if not equal pay, at the very least four times what they’re making now.

  5. It’s CBS, does anyone expect any less of this bs?

    (Also, taking bets that we’ll see a similar headline AGAIN soon as they’ve been renegotiating Criminal Minds contracts — though maybe they’re desperate enough to keep the original cast members, AJ and Kristen to pay them equally this time).

  6. Dannie C says:

    It’s seems so crazy to me some of the best stories & scenes are with these two why shouldn’t they be paid equally.

  7. Anne says:

    They 100% deserve pay equity with their costars. Ya, they joined later, but now they are as important to the show as any of them.

  8. Frankie says:

    I hope they get the raise, at this point, they’re season regulars. As someone who’s watched from the beginning, I have to say I find Amy and Bernadette a lot more enjoyable than Penny. She just drinks a lot and makes snarky comments and appreciates Leonard even less then she did before they got married.

  9. ami says:

    i think tbh if they’re going by screentime, mayim bialik definitely deserves equal pay. amy’s in as many scenes as the main group! can’t recall rn if the same is the case with melissa rauch, but in any case the 1/5th salary thing is ridiculous. cbs needs to be better about this

  10. datdudemurphy says:

    Maybe it is the size of the numbers involved….but the very idea of demanding a million per episode….it seems insane.
    For all of them.

    • John NYC says:

      Within the context of what their performances generate in income for the network and production company? Not at all. Inho.

      • datdudemurphy says:

        I get all that.
        It’s just an episode’s actual run time is between 18-20 minutes. If you consider that each cast member isn’t in each scene for those 20 minutes. Maybe they’re in half the scenes.
        They are getting a million dollars for 10 minutes of screen time.
        That’s mind boggling.

        Obviously the show is huge and does a lot for the network….but a million bucks for 10 minutes on screen.
        At the median income in the United States, that’s 20 years worth of income….for 10 minutes.

        More power to them all….but still insane.

    • KCG says:

      When a show generates an incredible amount of money for the network and everyone else involved, why wouldn’t the actors be compensated accordingly? If it doesn’t go to them it’s going to go to someone else. No one is losing money by paying these actors the same.
      Also, kudos to the rest of the cast who offered to take a cut.

      • datdudemurphy says:

        Agreed…. it’s just the size of the numbers involved.
        Very stand up of the cast to volunteer a paycut to give the others a raise.

        • tjchurch2001 says:

          Not at all! Whatever one makes, they should all make. Otherwise, any fighting that should be fired. (Never saw point of making “Stuart” a series regular, but he could be used to fill time left by dissenters.)

  11. James says:

    It’s so weird that that make so little on such a hit show

  12. tjchurch2001 says:

    In you add the actors to “series regulars”, & make them major parts like this (the baby, having & then mentioning the physical joining of “Shamy”), you have to do it… Not to mention I can’t name a show that has opening credits anymore while the theme song plays (even though they have one with lyrics performed by a well-known band).

  13. Tricia says:

    Pay them what they want! Amy and Bernadette are priceless additions to this show! Thursday night would not be the same without Big Bang Theory! Love it and them!

  14. chadcronin says:

    Can you explain your math. If 5 x 100k is 500k plus they get 200k now shouldn’t those 2 get 700k and the other 5 900k??

    • johnhelvete says:

      Bialik and Rauch (according to the article) currently make 200k per episode. The other five cast members are willing to give up 100k each (500k total) per episode. Bialik and Rauch would split that 500k (250k each), which would give them each 450k per episode.

  15. IDK says:

    Wow. I knew there was some disparity between all their pay pal kets, but I didn’t know it was that much. Melissa and Mayim do just as much as the others. They should be paid the same as them, and personally, I won’t watch BB again unless they are.

  16. Joe says:

    I’d let Melissa Rauch go and give Mayim Bialik 900,000 per episode. Out of those two Bialik is the better actress and Amy is the better character.
    I don’t have a problem with Rauch personally but there’s a bit too much focus on the Howard/Bernadette relationship especially now that they have a baby, she can become an unseen character who takes care of the child off screen. Howard is a secondary character, he doesn’t need that much focus, his family can exist off screen just fine.

  17. grandmaz3 says:

    Not as much as the others.. $450,000 is good.

  18. Bruce Wayne says:

    No way does. Either of those two deserve even half of the original main three’s money. Send them both off to the Rain Forest looking for plants to make into new drugs for the remainder of the series!

  19. Sue Snyder says:

    These two characters are just as important to the show as everyone else so pay those ladies what they deserve!
    I love “Big Bang Theory “!!!

  20. chadcronin says:

    I’m not naming names, but there may be a person or 2 in the Group of 5 that I find less enjoyable than these 2. I doubt though they will give them 900k each. Maybe they will end up with 600 or 700k each as compromise. I guess we will find out soon. We all know the deal is gonna get done. The higher they go, the less chance the show will go on past this 2 year deal.

  21. Suggest Mayim go ahead and convert from being a greedy Jew to a Greedy lying Muslim as she threatened since she adds little to the show in reality!

    • Eran says:

      Next order of business after gun control, keyboard control.

      • TV Gord says:

        Yes, isn’t it sad what some people will say when they are so desperate for attention? I think a few posts will be gone by morning, thankfully.

        • Olivia says:

          No because, just like tv shows, as long as TVLine gets clicks you could say basically any vile thing and they wouldn’t care. Pretty sure they even troll themselves sometimes. Why do you think they sill haven’t implemented mandatory registration, disqus, or anything offering some kind of moderation/votes options?

  22. TV Gord says:

    I know parity is important, but I would particularly like to see Mayam get parity PLUS another tiara. I just want to see her reaction again! :-D

  23. Rita K Garshak says:

    Yes. All of the GEEKS are necessary to a key this show continue to never be boring. Cough up the raises.

  24. B says:

    Pretty sure that I just read an article stating that the other 5 just voluntarily took pay cuts so that these two ladies could get a raise.

  25. Connie says:

    Who gives a bang about Hollywood??

  26. ToyCannon says:

    i still love the show, but have grown very tired of Raj’s character. Write him out and divide his salary among the two ladies. Then all 6 would be making $900,000 per episode. Fill Raj’s time with more Christine Baranski, more Laurie Metcalf, more Wil Wheaton, more Penny’s brother….

  27. John parcell says:

    Yes they r working just as hard as the rest of the cast

  28. I think it needs to hinge on making actual scientific progress/discoveries. they’ll be chased by so many raises it’ll become an epithet

  29. wgsecretary says:

    While they haven’t been with the show since its beginning, at this point they are as integral to the show as any of the original cast members. In fact, I’d argue that Raj has had less important story arcs than Amy and Bernadette lately. Mayim Bialik has been nominated for awards for her portrayal. They deserve to get equal pay. With the other cast members offering to take lower salaries (kudos to them, by the way), it should be no problem. TBBT is one of the highest rated shows. I imagine they get ridiculous amounts of advertising dollars from that show. They definitely should be getting as much as the original cast. The show really wouldn’t be the same without them at this point.

    • Agreed. Especially Mayim, that is getting lots of recognition and praise, because she is AMAZING as Amy. And i especially agree about Raj getting less important story arcs than Amy and Bernadette. When we talk about Sheldon, we talk about Amy too. When we talk about took Howard, we talk about Bernadette too.They are extremely central to this story since a long time ago, and they really deserve a bigger paycheck.

  30. Luis Roman says:

    I don’t the length of their service matters to this argument. They are both integral pieces of the show’s success. They probably won’t end up on equal footing with the rest of the cast, but they should end up at around $700,000 per episode.

  31. SnowJon says:

    It’s crazy to me that this is even a question after this season. Amy has moved in with Sheldon and is now in as many scenes as the main three! They wouldn’t be dragging in anywhere near the audience numbers they do without her.

  32. Ann says:

    I think it would be fair to bump them up to about $800,000 per episode. They are expendable characters whereas the others aren’t, not even Howard and Raj, since they have been there since the beginning. I don’t think there has ever been an episode that revolves entirely around Amy and Bernadette in the main storyline without Penny.

  33. Carmen Coffey says:

    ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!LOVE THE ENTIRE CAST, THEY ARE ALL IRREPLACEABLE ; )MY FAVORITE SHOW FOR YEARS AND REMAINS MY FAVORITE! I WATCH THE RERUN AND STILL LAUGH OUT LOUD!!! The entire cast are my favorites!!!!! BEST TOGETHER! Lol

  34. It wouldn’t be big bang without them they should all have equal pay

  35. SoMuchHope says:

    O.K. don’t hate me……..I think “Bernie” would make a great off camera character (like Howard’s mom, Debbie) along with the baby. She does the yelling so well, plus she and Penny have become kinda boring. Amy Farrah Fowler needs to stay plus she should have the pay raise plus the next season should have an episode where she does the “Blossom” dance. I love you, Melissa. That’s my opinion and ,I know, nobody asked. But to be fair about the whole thing, give the girls more money and give Bernie and Penny something to do.

  36. Boiler says:

    They both deserve huge pay raises and should get them. I have grown to really like both. Since the show almost half commercials now the money should be there

  37. Teresa Malaun says:

    The characters Amy and Bernadette are as funny and interesting as all of the others!!! Please take care with the chemistry of this adorable group!! The magic happens when the group is intact.

  38. Collette says:

    Even at $200K per episode that’s over $4 million a year. Doubling that due to the other cast members taking a reduction means $8 million plus each. Neither of them rates that kind of income which will be apparent when TBBT ends and neither of them does anything noteworthy ever again.

    • wgsecretary says:

      That’s not the point. If they are on the show now and they are currently as important to the success of this show, then they should be more equal in pay. They all are the reason that the show is successful and pulling in big advertising dollars. Therefore, they should get a bigger chunk of that pie. It really doesn’t matter if they never even work again. In this show, they are as important as the original cast and therefore should make a comparable amount to their costars. Would you say that two people doing the same job at the same level of importance as their five co-workers in another field should be making significantly less? Probably not.

      • Collette says:

        I don’t feel that they are as important as the core cast. If they dumped Bernie, Amy and Stuart I’d still tune in. In fact, I liked Leslie Winkle [Sara Gilbert] much better than either of these girls. As for Stuart, I’d trade him for the far more entertaining Zach in a heartbeat.

        • wgsecretary says:

          They certainly are as important to the current narrative. Could they write them out? Sure. But, the fact is they have been integral to the current stories as written and they should be compensated for the work they’ve done. It doesn’t matter what they could do, the fact is they’ve done as much work as the core cast these last few seasons. They should get paid for that.

    • Gary Johnston says:

      WOW…I sure do like all your posts so far Collette..Well said.

  39. pickles says:

    All this means is the prices will go up.The more money they make the more we as consumers pay for food and other items.

    • TV Gord says:

      The reality is the show is ALREADY raking in massive profits for the network and production company. The creative people on the show deserve to get their share.

  40. Kelli says:

    I could do without Bernie but Amy is a necessity!

  41. Inspector71 says:

    I haven’t watched more than 5 episodes after season 3. The show took a creative nosedive once those 2 joined the show permanently.

  42. ToadofTruth says:

    Get rid of Amy and Bernadette and end the show with the original five, how it should have been.

    • tjchurch2001 says:

      If that were the truth, they should have never added the two females (& “Stuart”) as “series regulars” &/or made them such key pieces of every episode.

      Being that “they” are Saladin Patterson, Chuck Lorre, & other TV veterans, I have a feeling they thought long & hard about those things before doing so, whereas you are not the former & didn’t do the latter.

  43. DarkDefender says:

    Pay them all the same. Love the show.

  44. mike g says:

    The reason ” Freinds” worked so brilliantly, They paid all the cast members the same salary.
    They are a huge part of big bangs sucsess. Kudos for cast to give up for their castmates!

  45. Bella says:

    I live in a Third World country, Mexico, which your new President hates. Why? Is beyond me
    Just reading what the stars and”co-stars are earning in dollars -converted into our,devaluated peso-‘makes me cringe. ONE MILLION DOLLARS per episode is enough to feed hundreds of our undernourished population. The ENTIRE,cast
    should
    earn half of what they are earning now. They are good actors, period! But not fantastic. Used to enjoy the show much more before. Not so funny any more

    • Cactus Rose says:

      The huge salaries are kind of ridiculous. But that’s the way it works…..the more money they pay their good actors that bring in the good ratings, the more money they will make in advertising. Broadcasting is not the real world. They are definitely the 1%. Just like in radio. Stern makes the big bucks because he brings in the audience! It’s a vicious circle. Plus, the actors make it look easy when it’s really not. They have to have talent to pull it off.

  46. They deserve even more than $450,000 each. Especially Mayim, that is absolutely AMAZING. TBBT is still the number #1 TV show on TV, the money is extremely huge and they are going now for season 11. Of course they deserve a raise and a bigger paycheck. I hope all negotiations will go fine, because i love TBBT and i need al the gang back for season 11!

  47. ctolbirt says:

    No one should make 1,000,000 an episode, that’s nuts, however, they should make comparable salaries they are as much a part of the show as the others now. My favorite, hope they work it out

  48. Gary Johnston says:

    I watch Big Bang most often..I believe the suggested increases/decreases to be fair..Should the ladies get their one million per show, I would look else where in mt TV guide.

  49. Gayle says:

    I fully agree with equal pay for equal work if that is what you are being paid for but it’s not in the entertainment industry. You get paid by your Q-score in TV [name recognition, likability, eyes you bring to the screen etc]. Stating equal pay for equal work in this case is ridiculous. Do you really think the casts of NCIS all make the same? Nope not even close Mark Harmon was the name and the face and his character is the anchor for the show. Other characters come and go but if he goes it’s very likely that that will be the end of the show. Same is most likely true for Sheldon, Leonard and Penny. While I’d hate to see either character, Amy or Bernadette, leave it wouldn’t kill the show. Most likely time and a desire to move on to other things will do that.