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Pay per viewer: TVs highest paid stars

Are TV stars worth their big paychecks? The Times looks at a number of big-earners and how they fare in the ratings.

Chelsea Handler
Anderson Cooper
David Letterman
Jon Stewart
Bill O'Reilly
Craig Ferguson
Matt Lauer
Judith Sheindlin
Piers Morgan
Maury Povich
Stephen Colbert
Jimmy Kimmel
Simon Cowell
Ellen DeGeneres
Tyra Banks
Tina Fey
Mehmet Oz
Ashton Kutcher
Ryan Seacrest<br />Highest Ratings
Jennifer Lopez<br />Highest Ratings
Ted Danson
Christina Aguilera
 'Snooki' Polizzi
Ty Burell

#1 | Chelsea Handler: 'Chelsea Lately'

Salary: $12 million | Ratings: 0.718 million
Pay per viewer: $16.70

Image: Benjamin Reed / Los Angeles Times

#2 | 'Anderson Cooper: '360'

Salary: $6 million | Ratings: 0.443 million
Pay per viewer: $13.54

Image: Ali Goldstein / Warner Bros.

#3 | David Letterman: 'Late Show'

Salary: $31 million | Ratings: 3.2 million
Pay per viewer: $9.69

Image: John Paul Filo / AP

#4 | Jon Stewart: 'Daily Show'

Salary: $14 million | Ratings: 1.7 million
Pay per viewer: $8.24

Image: Frank Franklin II / AP

#5 | Bill O'Reilly: 'O'Reilly Factor'

Salary: $16 million | Ratings: 2.8 million
Pay per viewer: $5.71

Image: Jeff Christensen / AP

#6 | Craig Ferguson: 'Late Late Show'

Salary: $8.5 million | Ratings: 1.5 million
Pay per viewer: $5.67

Image: Monty Brinton / CBS

#7 | Matt Lauer: 'Today'

Salary: $25 million | Ratings: 4.6 million
Pay per viewer: $5.43

Image: Peter Kramer / NBC

#8 | Judith Sheindlin: 'Judge Judy'

Salary: $45 million | Ratings: 9 million
Pay per viewer: $5

Judith Sheindlin makes the highest salary within surveyed group

Image: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

#9 | Piers Morgan: 'Piers Morgan'

Salary: $2 million | Ratings: 0.49 million
Pay per viewer: $4.08

Image: CNN

#10 | Maury Povich: 'Maury'

Salary: $13 million | Ratings: 3.2 million
Pay per viewer: $4.06

Image: Universal Domestic Television

#11 | Stephen Colbert: 'Colbert Report'

Salary: $4.5 million | Ratings: 1.2 million
Pay per viewer: $3.75

Image: Jeff Christensen / AP

#12 | Jimmy Kimmel: 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Salary: $6 million | Ratings: 1.8 million
Pay per viewer: $3.33

Image: Carin Baer / ABC

#13 | Simon Cowell: 'X Factor'

Salary: $40 million | Ratings: 12.6 million
Pay per viewer: $3.17

Image: Nino Munoz / FOX

#14 | Ellen Degeneres: 'Ellen'

Salary: $5 million | Ratings: 2.9 million
Pay per viewer: $1.72

Image: Michael Rozman / AP

#15 | Tyra Banks: 'America's Next Top Model

Salary: $4 million | Ratings: 2.4 million | Pay per viewer: $1.67

Image: Mathieu Young / The CW

#16 | Tina Fey: '30 Rock'

Salary: $7.2 million | Ratings: 4.6 million
Pay per viewer: $1.57

Image: NBC

#17 | Mehmet Oz: 'Dr. Oz'

Salary: $4 million | Ratings: 3.3 million
Pay per viewer: $1.21

Image: George Burns / AP

#18 | Ashton Kutcher: 'Two and a Half Men'

Salary: $17 million | Ratings: 14.7 million
Pay per viewer: $1.16

Image: Richard Cartwright / CBS

#19 | Ryan Seacrest: 'American Idol'

Salary: $15 million | Ratings: 20 million
Pay per viewer: $0.75

'American Idol' stars tied for the highest ratings within the surveyed group

Image: Mark Davis / Getty Images

#20 | Jennifer Lopez: 'American Idol'

Salary: $12.5 million | Ratings: 20 million
Pay per viewer: $0.63

'American Idol' stars tied for the highest ratings within the surveyed group

Image: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

#21 | Ted Danson: 'CSI'

Salary: $5 million | Ratings: 12.6 million
Pay per viewer: $0.40

Image: Michael Yarish / CBS

#22 | Christina Aguilera: 'The Voice'

Salary: $2.1 million | Ratings: 12.7 million
Pay per viewer: $0.17

Image: Lewis Jacobs / NBC

#23 | 'Snookie' Polizzi: 'Jersey Shore'

Salary: $1.2 million | Ratings: 7.6 million
Pay per viewer: $0.16

Image: Ian Spanier / MTV

#24 | Ty Burrell: 'Modern Family'

Salary: $1.1 million | Ratings: 13.3 million
Pay per viewer: $0.08

Image: Peter "Hopper" Stone / ABC

The Times looked at a select group of top stars and determined a ranking based on annual salary divided by average ratings. These numbers were determined from agency sources and reported figures.
Design and programming by Lily Mihalik. Programming by Armand Emamdjomeh.

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