heigl banks Tyra Banks, Katherine Heigl top earning women in prime timeForbes has published a list of the Top 10 female earners in prime-time television; Tyra Banks and Katherine Heigl top the list.

With an estimated $30 million in earnings, it’s not a surprise that Tyra Banks tops the Forbes’ list. Between “America’s Next Top Model,” “Tyra,” guest-starring on shows like “Gossip Girl,” and working behind the cameras as a producer for a variety of shows, Ms. Banks is taking over the airwaves.

Coming in at #2 with $18 million is “Grey’s Anatomy” star Katherine Heigl. This one is a little surprising, considering her rocky relationship with television, but between her show, endorsements and her ability to carry a film, Heigl has become an extremely wealthy woman.

Rounding out the list are #3 Marg Helgenberger at $9.5 million, #4 Eva Longoria Parker at $9 million, #5 Mariska Hargitay at $8.5 million, #6 (tie) Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and Maura Tierney at $8 million, #8 Tina Fey at $7 million, #9 Marcia Cross at $6.2 million and #10 (tie) Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ellen Pompeo at $6 million.

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."