Ratings: Game of Thrones' Season 5 Premiere Sets Series High

Game of Thrones Ratings Record Season 5 Premiere

HBO’s Game of Thrones certainly isn’t dragon in the ratings: Sunday’s Season 5 premiere drew the fantasy drama’s largest audience to date, our sister site Variety reports.

According to a Nielsen estimate, about 8 million people tuned in to the series’ 9/8c broadcast. That number was up 17 percent (1.16 million viewers) from Season 4’s premiere and clocks in at roughly 800,000 more viewers than any other Thrones episode ever.

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The drama’s previous high came from the Season 4 episode “Mockingbird” — AKA the one where Littlefinger killed Lysa by pushing her out the moon door — which drew 7.195 million viewers.

Sunday’s premiere also averaged 5.3 million viewers (a 4.19 rating) in the 18-49 demo, a 14 percent increase from last year’s premiere, though this group is far less important to a premium cabler like HBO than it is to a broadcast network.