Andrew Lincoln has joined Forbes' list of the 10 highest-paid TV actors for the first time.

That time coincides with 1) his final season -- only five episodes -- of "The Walking Dead"; and 2) Kevin Spacey being dumped from "House of Cards."

As Forbes noted, the only actor on the 2018 list to drop off the previous year's ranking is Kevin Spacey, who was axed from his lead role of Frank Underwood in the final season of "House of Cards."

It's possible that if Spacey hadn't been called out for so many alleged misdeeds, and filmed his final season, he would've taken Lincoln's spot.

Apparently Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) made $11 million for his five episodes of "The Walking Dead" Season 9. Forbes suspects Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) will replace Andrew Lincoln on this list next year, since Reedus reportedly negotiated a raise to stay on after Lincoln leaves.

The ranking charts earnings from June 2017 to June 2018. Forbes said the 10 actors on this list made a combined $181 million, down from $185 million in the same period last year. It really is tough out there for men!

Most of these actors are familiar from making this list every year for their high-rated comedy series:

The World's Highest-Paid Actors 2018

No. 1. Jim Parsons
Earnings: $26.5 million
"The Big Bang Theory"

No. 2. Johnny Galecki
$25 million
"Big Bang Theory"

No. 3. (tie) Simon Helberg
$23.5 million
"Big Bang Theory"

No. 3. (tie) Kunal Nayyar
$23.5 million
"Big Bang Theory"

No. 5. Mark Harmon
$19 million

No. 6. Ed O'Neill
$14 million
"Modern Family"

No. 7. Eric Stonestreet
$13.5 million
"Modern Family"

No. 8. Jesse Tyler Ferguson
$13 million
"Modern Family"

No. 9. Ty Burrell
$12 million
"Modern Family"

No. 10. Andrew Lincoln
$11 million
"The Walking Dead"

That list is going to break wide open once "The Big Bang Theory" and "Modern Family" end. TBBT is ending after Season 12, so we'll see how this ranking shakes up after that.

"The Walking Dead" has long been the most-watched and highest-rated cable show, but it has taken MAJOR hits in the past couple of years. This year, so far, is TWD's lowest-rated yet in that advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic.

AMC has already revealed Andrew Lincoln's final episode airs in early November. It's possible the show will slide even further into ratings oblivion without him. Then again, the hardcore fans who watch every week seem to be sticking with it to the end. As long as they stick around, AMC may continue long into the double digit seasons.

[h/t: ComicBook]

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