Originally Posted by WilliamR
Wow, the special effects are still just stunning on this show. What in the world is their budget? Did they get more per episode because it is streaming or something?
The budget per episode was originally lower then what they finally settled on. Part of the increase was because of the fraught beginnings of the production, and part was that the Netflix deal dumped so much cash into the CBS coffers that they decided they could go all out -- that being $8 to $8.5 million per episode.
To give you a measure, that's around 3.5 times the average for a CW show, 2.5 time the average for a network show, and probably around 4x the per-episode cost for The Walking Dead.
There are more expensive shows -- Game Of Thrones
now has a $12 million per episode budget (and season 8 may go even higher) and has been known to be really extravagant -- one episode had an approved budget of $58 million, as I recall, but they went all out with it (it was the episode where Stannis attacks King's Landing by sea, and gets a blast of wildfire for his troubles.) Westworld is running around $10 million per episode.
Contrast that lot with TOS, where the second season approved budget was $185,000 per episode (down from $196,000 the previous season.) Or original crispy Doctor Who's first season, which had an episode budget of around $3200 (eight hundred pounds, back when the pound meant something.)