Guess How Much Money Seinfeld Has Earned Since 1998

SeinfeldReruns225.jpgIt is no secret that Seinfeld is one of the most profitable television series of all time -- after all, Forbes has regularly estimated that Jerry Seinfeld makes over $60 million a year from the show's reruns alone. Still, just how much has the series earned since it went off the air in 1998? Prepare to have your minds blown.

The answer, which was buried in a Time Warner investor report late last month, is $2.7 billion. According to the New York Post:

The numbers indicate that reruns on regular TV have grossed $2.3 billion since 1998.

Revenues from cable were about $380 million, execs reported.

"Seinfeld" made 180 episodes during its nine-year run -- which means that each half-hour episode has earned more than $14 million so far.

While Jerry Seinfeld and Seinfeld co-creator Larry David have made fortunes off of their stakes in the series, co-stars Jason Alexander, Michael Richards and Julia Louis-Dreyfus get nothing but a cut of the Seinfeld DVD sales -- not to mention the occasional Curb Your Enthusiasm reunion paycheck. Giddyup.

· $einfeld rakes in $2.7 bil [NYP]



Comments

  • happygolucky says:

    Is that in federal reserve notes?

  • The Winchester says:

    Fun fact: It's part of his contract for Wayne Knight to physically deliver Jerry's checks to him every month, where they sigh and go through the "Hello Newman" motions.

  • Old No.7 says:

    Those syndication receipts are real, and they're spectacular.

  • Edward Wilson says:

    Just because it's about nothing doesn't mean it isn't worth something.

  • Mike the Movie Tyke says:

    Worth it. Well over ten years old and still one of the best shows on TV.

  • sweetbiscuit says:

    I'm pretty certain Jason Alexander, Michael Richards and Julia Louis-Dreyfus also get residuals from re-runs -- why wouldn't they?

  • stupid bastard says:

    Jason Alexander, Michael Richards and Julia Louis-Dreyfus get continuous chances to star in their own questionable sitcoms. Collectively they've done their fair part to destroy the Seinfeld legacy with crap like the Marriage Ref.
    Listen Up, Bob Patterson, Watching Ellie, The new Adventures of Old Christine, The Michael Richards Show, and you have to figure Richards would have gotten a second shot at a sitcom if it hadn't been for his unfortunate incident in the comedy club.
    Curb your Enthusiasm just proves that it's the writers from great shows should get real attention.

  • starguy says:

    $2.7 BILLION? Not that there's anything wrong with that.

  • FrancoisTrueFaux says:

    Marriage Ref is Seinfeld himself.

  • NeilO says:

    Indeed -- "Seinfeld" started long after the point where principal actors in TV shows started getting residuals for reruns.

  • Sekhar says:

    GET OUT!!!

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