'Game of Thrones' finale delivers violence, nudity and a ratings high
Sunday's 9 p.m. finale delivered a series-best 3 million total viewers, according to the Nielsen Co. That easily bested the 2 million who showed up for the first airing of the premiere in April.
An additional 876,000 viewers watched an 11:15 encore of the finale.
HBO says that through the season, the nudity-and-gore-filled "Game of Thrones" averaged a total of 8.3 million viewers across all platforms (original airings, DVD and HBO On Demand).
"Game of Thrones" fared far better than another season finale Sunday night. AMC's mystery "The Killing" averaged a decent 2.3 million viewers. But the episode was excoriated by critics and many fans, some of whom dubbed the anti-climactic ending among the worst season finales in TV history.
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Photo: Emilia Clarke in HBO's "Game of Thrones." Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO.