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These popular TV shows couldn't top the NFL in viewership

NFL game windows account for 26 of the top 30 most-watched programs on television since the NFL season kicked off.

Image via Sports On Earth
Image via Sports On Earth

Walking Dead, AMC’s popular series about the zombie apocalypse, has given Sunday Night Football a run for its money in the 18-49 demographic, giving the NFL cause for concern.

But the league’s senior vice president of communications, Greg Aiello, tweeted a telling statistic reminding us that despite the many challengers, the NFL still dominates fall television:

While the competition for eyeballs is stiff, especially on Thursday and Sunday night, the NFL has still been able to deliver big numbers with its marquee matchups. According to a league press release, an NFL game telecast has been television’s most-watched program in each of the season’s first nine weeks. The four shows that were able to crack the top 30 most-watched this fall are CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, CBS’s NCIS (twice) and FOX’s broadcast of the World Series Game 7.

To further put the league’s television dominance in perspective, here are five of the most popular shows that have been unable to eclipse the NFL’s viewership this fall:

Scandal (ABC)

(ABC/Adam Taylor)
(ABC/Adam Taylor)

Dancing With the Stars (ABC)

(Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)
(Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images)

The Voice (NBC)

(AP Photo/NBC, Trae Patton)
(AP Photo/NBC, Trae Patton)

Modern Family (ABC)

(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Sons of Anarchy (FX)

(Photo by GONZALO/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
(Photo by GONZALO/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

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