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Prime time's top-earning men

<p>1:Simon Cowell is the top earner among television's prime-time men according to a new ranking from Forbes. The "American Idol" judge took home an estimated $75 million this year. 



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1:Simon Cowell is the top earner among television's prime-time men according to a new ranking from Forbes. The "American Idol" judge took home an estimated $75 million this year. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

1:Simon Cowell is the top earner among television's prime-time men according to a new ranking from Forbes. The "American Idol" judge took home an estimated $75 million this year. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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<p>2: "The Apprentice" host Donald Trump took second with estimated earnings of $50 million. 



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2: "The Apprentice" host Donald Trump took second with estimated earnings of $50 million. REUTERS/David Moir

2: "The Apprentice" host Donald Trump took second with estimated earnings of $50 million. REUTERS/David Moir

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<p>3: "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest took third with $38 million. 



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3: "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest took third with $38 million. REUTERS/Chris Pizzello

3: "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest took third with $38 million. REUTERS/Chris Pizzello

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<p>4: "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen took in $21 million.  



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4: "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen took in $21 million. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

4: "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen took in $21 million. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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<p>5: "The Office" star Steve Carell took in $20 million. 



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5: "The Office" star Steve Carell took in $20 million. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

5: "The Office" star Steve Carell took in $20 million. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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<p>6: "Deal or No Deal" host Howie Mandel took in $15 million.  



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6: "Deal or No Deal" host Howie Mandel took in $15 million. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

6: "Deal or No Deal" host Howie Mandel took in $15 million. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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<p>7: "24" star Kiefer Sutherland took in $13 million. 



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7: "24" star Kiefer Sutherland took in $13 million. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

7: "24" star Kiefer Sutherland took in $13 million. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

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<p>8: "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" host Jeff Foxworthy took home $11 million. 



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8: "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" host Jeff Foxworthy took home $11 million. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

8: "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" host Jeff Foxworthy took home $11 million. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

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<p>9: "House" star Hugh Laurie took in $10 million. 



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9: "House" star Hugh Laurie took in $10 million. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

9: "House" star Hugh Laurie took in $10 million. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

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<p>10: And "CSI: Miami" star David Caruso took home $9 million this year. 



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10: And "CSI: Miami" star David Caruso took home $9 million this year. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

10: And "CSI: Miami" star David Caruso took home $9 million this year. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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