Tyra Banks Tops The Forbes List Of 20 Richest Women In Prime Time Television
Posted on Wed Sep 3, 2008 04:00 PM PDT

Tyra Banks REDCARPER2006_07_X17.jpg LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Forbes came out with their list of the 20 top-earning women in prime time television, and Tyra Banks lives up to her namesake and banked an incredible $23 million last year. She was followed by Project Runway host Heidi Klum, who earned $14 million, while Grey's Anatomy actress Katherine Heigl brought in $13 million, and Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria earned $9 million.

Maura Tierney (ER) earned $7.5 million, while Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU) took home $6.5 million last year, and Marg Helgenberger (CSI) earned $6 million. Both Jennifer Love Hewitt (Ghost Whisperer) and Paula Abdul (American Idol) earned $5 million, and Tina Fey (30 Rock) took home $4.6 million. Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty) was next on the list with $4.5 million, followed by Calista Flockhart (Brothers & Sisters) with $4 million and Kathryn Morris (Cold Case) with $3.9 million.

The ladies of Wisteria Lane did well (though not quite as well as Longoria) with Teri Hatcher (Desperate Housewives) earning $3.8 million and Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives) bringing home $3.7 million last year. Linda Cardellini (ER) and Melina Kanakaredes (CSI: New York) earned $3.5 million, while Patricia Arquette (Medium), Ellen Pompeo (Grey's Anatomy) and Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives) each earned $3.4 million.