$heen $its Atop TV Heap

By Elizabeth Wolff,  Newser User
Posted Aug 5, 2008 11:26 AM CDT
Mariska Hargitay holds the award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for her work on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
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(Newser) – Charlie Sheen is the highest-paid primetime TV actor at $825,000 per episode, but the Two and a Half Men star's $20 million per year pales in comparison to Oprah's haul. The media mogul took home $385 million last year, Reuters reports in deconstructing TV Guide’s annual list of top earners.

Law & Order star Mariska Hargitay was No. 1 for female primetime actors at $400,000 an episode. William Petersen, who will leave his full-time CSI gig at midseason, is the No. 2 man ($600,000 an episode). Simon Cowell took home $50 million for American Idol, and David Letterman drew $32 million.