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The top 10 highest-earning actors on television

Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer, the stars of the CBS comedy “Two and a Half Men,” are the highest paid actors on U.S. television with estimated earnings topping $20-million (U.S.) each for the 12 months from June 2012-2013, Forbes magazine said on Tuesday

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Ashton Kutcher, the 35-year-old actor who replaced Charlie Sheen after his ouster from the hit TV show in 2011, topped the list for the second consecutive year with $24-million. “TV’s highest-paid actor is laughing all the way to the bank since replacing Sheen on ‘Two and a Half Men’ after the troubled star’s 2011 flameout,” said Forbes, adding that Kutcher is also an investor in technology companies.

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Jon Cryer was not far behind with $21-million.

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Comedian Ray Romano, whose show “Everybody Loves Raymond” ended eight years ago, placed third on the list with $16-million, most of which comes from syndication of the CBS comedy series.

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Neil Patrick Harris of CBS comedy “How I Met Your Mother” debuted on the list, sharing the No. 4 spot …

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with Mark Harmon of CBS crime drama “NCIS” at $15-million.

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Patrick Dempsey of ABC comedy “Grey’s Anatomy” rounded out the top five with income of $13-million.

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It’s always tool time for comedian Tim Allen, who clocks in at $11-million.

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The 19-year-old co-star of “Two and a Half Men,” Angus T. Jones, also made $11-million.

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Actor Michael C. Hall made a generous $10-million despite that god-awful “Dexter” series finale.

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And, hey, never count out Charlie Sheen: His new show “Anger Management” helped him score a $10-million payday.

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