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: