By Brian Marder, Hollywood.com Staff
Not all viewers seem to be enamored with Ashton Kutcher having replaced Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men, but it looks like they'll have to deal with him for at least one more season.
Kutcher along with the other one and a half men, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones has signed a one-year deal to remain on the hit sitcom through at least the 10th season. His salary will reportedly increase by $25,000 per episode, from the $700,000 he was making this season to $725,000, which may seem like small fry (kidding!) but amounts to a $1 million raise when it's all said and done.
It's certainly a far cry from Kutcher's humble-ish beginnings on the Fox sitcom That '70s Show, when, toward the end of the series' run, he was slummin' it with a per-episode paycheck purported to be somewhere between $200,000 and $280,000.
Kutcher, whose current salary was something of a risk for CBS since there was no telling what the ratings would be going into Season 9, is now an absolute bargain for the network, even with his moderate raise because it's still much less money than Sheen was commanding, while ratings are way up, to the tune of nearly three million more viewers, on average, than Season 8.
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