How much the highest-paid stars on TV are making, including big raises for the stars of 'Westworld'

How much are networks shelling out to bring Hollywood stars to TV?

In this age of proliferated programming, marquee names have become essential to bring sizable audiences to shows. And the competition among networks and producers has driven industry salaries to new heights.

On Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the stars of HBO's "Westworld" would be getting big raises ahead of the sci-fi drama's third season.

At its height, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman reportedly negotiated $1 million salaries for the upcoming second season of HBO's Emmy-winning drama, "Big Little Lies."

Jim Parsons of CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" made headlines in August for walking away from a reported two-year, $50 million paycheck for two more seasons of the sitcom, which CBS subsequently decided to end in 2019.

Here's how much the highest-paid stars on TV are earning per-episode:

Note: Some salaries may include producing fees.

Jethro Nededog contributed to a previous version of this story.

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$1,000,000 — Nicole Kidman, "Big Little Lies" (HBO)

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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$1,000,000 — Reese Witherspoon, "Big Little Lies" (HBO)

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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$1,000,000 — Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)

Source: Variety

(Photo by Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images)

$1,000,000 — Kaley Cuoco, "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)

Source: Variety

(Photo by Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images)

$1,000,000 — Johnny Galecki, "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)

Source: Variety

(Photo by Erik Voake/CBS via Getty Images)

$825,000 – Meryl Streep, "The Nix" (Network TBA)

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

(Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Tribeca TV)

$650,000 – Dwayne Johnson, "Ballers" (HBO)

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

(Photo by Sergi Alexander/Getty Images for HBO)

$650,000 – Norman Reedus, "The Walking Dead" (AMC)

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

(Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for AMC)

$575,000 — Ellen Pompeo, "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

(Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) 

$525,000 — Mark Harmon, "NCIS" (CBS)

Source: Variety

(Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)

$500,000 — Kit Harington, "Game of Thrones" (HBO) 

Source: Variety

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$500,000 — Emilia Clarke, "Game of Thrones" (HBO)

Source: Variety

(Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)

$500,000 — Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones" (HBO)

Source: Variety

(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

$500,000 — Lena Headey, "Game of Thrones" (HBO)

Source: Variety

(Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Screen Gems/AP Images)

$500,000 — Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau, "Game of Thrones" (HBO)

Source: Variety

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$500,000 — Kevin Costner, "Yellowstone" (Paramount Network)

Source: Variety

(Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

$450,000 — Claire Danes, "Homeland" (Showtime)

Source: Variety

(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

$250,000 — Milo Ventimiglia, "This Is Us" (NBC)

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

$250,000 — Mandy Moore, "This Is Us" (NBC)

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

$250,000 — Sterling K. Brown, "This Is Us" (NBC) 

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

$250,000 — Chrissy Metz, "This Is Us" (NBC)

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

$250,000 — Justin Hartley, "This Is Us" (NBC)

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

$250,000 — Evan Rachel Wood, "Westworld" (HBO)

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

$250,000 — Ed Harris, "Westworld" (HBO)

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

(Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)

$250,000 — Jeffrey Wright, "Westworld" (HBO)

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

(Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

$250,000 — Thandie Newton, "Westworld" (HBO)

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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