American Idol Host Ryan Seacrest's $45 Million Salary Rises Show Costs
Posted on Tue May 10, 2011 10:29 AM PDT

wm.seacrest013111_01200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Ryan Seacrest's salary for his hosting duties on American Idol have tripled since 2009 ... going from $5 million a year to $15 million for the next three years.

Because of those hefty paychecks, the expenses for the show have raised 17 percent.

(For the record: Jennifer Lopez's only rakes in $12 million for her duties as judge.)

But lucky for Seacrest, American Idol can afford his sky-rocketing salary. It's the most profitable show on television -- and earns $7.11 million every 30 minutes.

Since Simon Cowell's departure ... the show averages 25 million viewers, maintaing 100 percent of its viewers.