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Highest-Paid TV Late Night Hosts 2012

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Highest-Paid TV Late Night Hosts 2012

#1. David Letterman

Annual earnings: $28 million (estimated)
Show: “Late Show with David Letterman”
Network: CBS
Start time: 11:35 PM
Years on air: 19
Avg. viewers: 3.2 million (second highest)

#2. Jay Leno

Annual earnings: $25 million
Show: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”
Network: NBC
Start time: 11:35 PM
Years on air: 20
Avg. viewers: 3.7 million (the highest)

#3. Jon Stewart

Annual earnings: $14 million
Show: Comedy Central
Network: “The Daily Show”
Start time: 11:00 PM
Years on air: 13
Avg. viewers: 1.5 million (fifth highest)

#4. Craig Ferguson

Annual earnings: $12.7 million
Show: “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”
Network: CBS
Start time: 12:37 AM
Years on air: seven
Avg. viewers: 1.5 million (sixth highest)

#5. Chelsea Handler

Annual earnings: $12.5 million
Show: “Chelsea Lately”
Network: E! Network
Start time: 11:00 PM
Years on air: five
Avg. viewers: 673,000 (ninth highest)

#6. Conan O’Brien

Annual earnings: $12 million
Show: “Conan”
Network: TBS
Start time: 11:00 PM
Years on air: Two
Avg. viewers: 837,000 (eighth highest)

#7. Jimmy Kimmel

Annual earnings: $6 million
Show: “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
Network: ABC
Start time: 12:06 AM
Years on air: 10
Avg. viewers: 1.8 million (third highest)

#8. Jimmy Fallon

Annual earnings: $5 million
Show: “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”
Network: NBC
Start time: 12:37 AM
Years on air: four
Avg. viewers: 1.7 million (fourth highest)

#9. Stephen Colbert

Annual earnings: $4 million
Show: “The Colbert Report”
Network: Comedy Central
Start time: 11:31 PM
Years on air: seven
Avg. viewers: 1.1 million (seventh highest)

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