An annual salary of $50 million USD? $900,000 USD per episode? Who knew the small screen paid out this much bank?

All knowing entertainment publication Variety has released their annual salary survey estimate of the top earners on the small screen and the amount these stars are banking is gob-smacking. Especially since the general perception is that all the money is in movies.

Turns out being a talk show host trumps being a movie star any day of the week, especially if your name is Ellen DeGeneres. The dancing blue-eyed blonde is estimated to be taking home an annual salary of $50 million USD.  Over on the bench, Judith Sheindlin aka 'Judge Judy' comes a very close second with an estimated $47 million USD hitting her checking account. As for the Game of Thrones stars, would $500,000 per episode be sufficient to keep them in furs now winter is here?

Scroll through for the top earning TV stars according to Variety in the comedy, drama and reality/news/host categories: 
(NB Variety notes some amounts include producing fees, back-end profits and they are estimates)

The full list can be found here.

Variety says these TV stars are making HOW much money?