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'Game of Thrones' season finale hits new ratings high

June 4, 2012 |  1:41 pm

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys on "Game of Thrones."
A new record has come to Westeros with Sunday's ratings for "Game of Thrones."

The Season 2 finale of HBO's fantasy series revealed the show's growing popularity, with 4.2 million viewers tuning in to the 9 p.m. broadcast, according to Nielsen. That set a new high mark for the series and was up a strong 38% compared with last year's Season 1 finale.

HBO said an additional 910,000 viewers turned up for a repeat at 11:10 p.m.

Overall, "Game of Thrones" has averaged 10.4 million viewers this season including regular broadcasts, video-on-demand, the network's HBO Go online service and DVRs. 

Meanwhile, HBO's political comedy "Veep," with Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a harried, frequently disrespected vice president, delivered 1.2 million viewers at 10:10 p.m., for that show's second most-watched original episode so far.

Right after that, the critically acclaimed urban comedy "Girls" hit a series high with 1.1 million viewers.

What did you think of "Game of Thrones" and the rest of HBO's Sunday lineup?


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Photo: Emilia Clarke plays Daenerys on HBO's "Game of Thrones." Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO