The cast of The Big Bang Theory unite for a bigger paycheck
A successful show often requires salary negotiations as the series hits its midlife cycle. That's exactly what's happening with the cast of The Big Bang Theory.
Ever since the Friends cast renegotiated their contract together before the start of the third season, group contract negotiations have become de rigueur for television shows. The latest show to band together is the cast of The Big Bang Theory.
Recently, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch signed new contracts that gave them hefty pay raises. This salary bump fell in line with the two actresses being upgraded from recurring characters to regulars on the series.
After that news broke, the show's main stars decided it was also time to ink a new deal. Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki are looking for a pay raise.
The three original cast members currently earn $325,000 per episode, according to TV Guide Magazine. They're reportedly seeking up to $1 million per episode.
Two other stars, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, are going to negotiate together in a separate deal. While the show is only renewed through this season, it's expected to be picked up beyond Season 7.
Ratings have expanded the CBS show's viewership after a syndication deal with TBS kicked in last year. That move allowed the sitcom to top Modern Family as the No. 1 scripted comedy in terms of viewership and the favored 18 to 49 demographic for advertisers.
As for Bialik and Rauch, they saw a nice increase in their pay. Both are going from $20,000-$30,000 per episode to around $60,000 per episode. There is also a rising pay bump beyond Season 7 that will eventually take them to $100,000 per episode.
The Big Bang Theory is up for Outstanding Comedy Series, Parsons is up for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Bialik is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series at this Sunday's Emmy Awards. Bob Newhart already won an Emmy for his guest appearance on the show last weekend at the Creative Arts Emmys. He's also slated to appear in the upcoming season.