There are a couple of different ways to break down the $10,000 prize that three contestants each won at the Hollywood Highlands shopping mall complex for sitting in a tent and consecutively watching a huge chunk of the 192 episodes of the Kiefer Sutherland doomsday action drama 24. Competitors got a five-minute break every hour and stopped once they had surpassed the previous world record of 86 straight TV hours.
The trio’s shared record-breaking time of 86 hours and seven minutes translates to roughly 108 episodes of 24. With each episode covering a day-in-the-crime-fighting-life of Jack Bauer, that’s 2,592 total fake hours. On that scale, the hourly Bauer wage works out to $3.85. Not much of a stipend really given the effort he puts out to keep us from getting detonated.