At the top of the tv-money-making pyramid is JUDGE JUDY! She brings in $47 million a year blowing away everyone else in primetime AND syndication! But, fear not...they're doing just fine:
Ashton Kutcher reigns supreme in primetime, being tv's highest paid prime-time actor earning making $750,000 per episode for Two and a Half Men.
In news, Matt Lauer is on top earning $22-25 million a year.
Jay Leno and David Letterman are both making about $20 million a year.
See, they're surviving.