Does Anybody Actually Love Raymond? Viacom Loves Raymond [Motley Fool Take] May 13, 2003

If you’re Ray Romano, congratulations! If the Hollywood whispers are true, CBS parent Viacom (NYSE: VIA) is making sure that the love is mutual between the network and its Everybody Loves Raymond star with a new contract that will pay him $1.8 million for each of next season’s 22 episodes.

And yet, to this day, I still don’t know anyone who avidly watches the show and finds it funny. And I like to think that I know a fair number of people.

Please, gentle reader, if you watch Everybody Loves Raymond, and can shed some light for me on why Ray Romano deserves to be the highest paid person on sitcom television (Kelsey Grammer only makes a paltry 1.6 million per episode – not that he deserves that, either), please drop me a comment. I promise I won’t bite.