Who is the Highest Paid Actress on Television?

“Modern Family” actress Sofia Vergara edged out Kim Kardashian as the highest-earning woman in U.S. television, taking in $19 million for the past 12 months on a list released by Forbes.com on Wednesday.

The 40-year-old actress beat out Kim Kardashian, who came in second, earning an estimated $18 million from her reality TV series, “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”, a clothing line, endorsement deals, a huge Twitter and media presence augmented by a recent romance with singer Kanye West, Forbes said.

Vergara’s earnings stem from a trio of film appearances; her salary for the sitcom; a Kmart clothing line; the marketing/production company Latin World Entertainment.

Read on for the top 20:

  1. Sofia Vergara, $19 million
  2. Kim Kardashian, $18 million
  3. Eva Longoria, $15 million
  4. Bethenny Frankel, $12 million
  5. Khloe Kardashian, $11 million
  6. Tina Fey, $11 million
  7. Mariska Hargitay, $10 million
  8. Zooey Deschanel, $9 million
  9. Felicity Huffman, $9 million
  10. Ellen Pompeo, $9 million
  11. Kate Walsh, $8 million
  12. Teri Hatcher, $8 million
  13. Marcia Cross, $8 million
  14. Kaley Cuoco, $8 million
  15. Alyson Hannigan, $7 million
  16. Marg Helgenberger, $7 million
  17. Melissa McCarthy, $6 million
  18. Julianna Margulies, $6 million
  19. Kyra Sedgwick, $6 million
  20. Courteney Cox, $5 million
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