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Jim Parsons and Sofia Vergara again top Forbes' list of TV's highest-paid actors, actresses

Jim Parsons and Sofia Vergara were named by

Jim Parsons and Sofia Vergara were named by Forbes magazine as the highest-paid actor and actress. Credit: Composite photo: Getty Images / Kevork Djansezian, left, and AP/Invision / Chris Pizzello

"The Walking Dead" star Andrew Lincoln finally made Forbes magazine's annual list of highest-paid TV actors, thanks to an $11 million paycheck for his final season of AMC's hit zombie drama, but otherwise it was almost entirely repeats both on that tally and in the magazine's 2018 list of highest-paid TV actresses.

While Lincoln, 45, made the final spot on the 10-person list, "House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey, who last year tied for eighth place, fell out after being fired from his Netflix show while under investigation for sexual assault.

The top five TV actors remained unchanged for the third year in a row, with four stars of "The Big Bang Theory" in the top slots and Mark Harmon of "NCIS" in fifth place. Jim Parsons, 45, is No. 1 for the fourth year running, with estimated earnings of $26.5 million for the 12 months ending June 1, 2018. Co-star Johnny Galecki, 43, came in second for a fourth consecutive year, with $25 million, while fellow stars Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, both 37, tied for third place with $23.5 million each.

Harmon, 67, with $19 million, has placed in the top five every year since 2011, when TV actors were broken out as a separate list.

Four other perennials from "Modern Family," fill out the list: Ed O'Neill, 71 (No. 6, $14 million); Eric Stonestreet, 47 (No. 7, $13.5 million); Jesse Tyler Ferguson, 43 (No. 8, $13 million) and Ty Burrell, 51 (No. 9, $12 million).

A fellow "Modern Family" star, Sofia Vergara, 46, heads the TV-actresses lists for the seventh year in a row, with $42.5 million, while co-star Julie Bowen, 48, is at No. 5 with $12.5 million.

Kaley Cuoco, 32, of "The Big Bang Theory" -- who had tied with Vergara for No. 1 in 2015 -- is in second place for a third year, with $24.5 million. Co-stars Mayim Bialik, 42, and Melissa Rauch, 38, are tied for No. 6, with $12 million each.

Ellen Pompeo, 48, of "Grey's Anatomy" remains in third place for a second year, with $23.5 million. Mariska Hargitay, 54, of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," rises a spot to hit No. 4, with $13 million.

Rounding out the list are "Scandal" star Kerry Washington, 41 (No. 8, $11 million); "Homeland" star Claire Danes, 39 (No. 9, $9 million) and "NCIS" star Pauley Perrette, 49 (No. 10, $8.5 million).

The list's estimates are compiled using data from Nielsen Media Research, the websites Box Office Mojo and IMDb, and conversations with managers, producers, lawyers and others. Earnings included TV-series salaries plus outside work such as product endorsements.

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