Stephen M. Silverman
December 22, 2004 08:00 AM

One song Desperate Housewives actress Nicollette Sheridan can’t sing is “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers.” But she is crying the blues.

“I heard (the cast of) Friends got cars when they had such amazing ratings. But I got flowers,” Sheridan, 41, tells Access Hollywood on the same day that the Nielsen ratings list was released, revealing that the No. 1 Housewives boasted 22.3 million viewers last week (bettering CSI: Miami‘s 20.5 million and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation‘s 19.5 million).

“I’m still waiting for the Porsche,” says the Golden Globe nominee, who plays the back-stabbing supporting character Edie Britt on the ABC hit. Sheridan, who first gained stardom 20 years ago on the nighttime soap Knot’s Landing, also claims, “I’m the poorest actress on television.”

But she has some hope for the future, saying: “I have the feeling that ABC will be extremely generous at the end of the season. They will say, ‘You know what, girls and boys? You really deserve a lot more than what you’re getting there.”

What they’re getting now Access did not report, but the New York Post computes the highest-paid TV actresses’ annual salaries are as follows: Everybody Loves Raymond‘s Patricia Heaton, $10-12 million; Will & Grace‘s Debra Messing, $4.5 million; CSI‘s Marg Helgenberger, $3.3 million; and CSI: NY‘s Melina Kanakaredes, $2.2 million.

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