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Game of Thrones: Episode 2 of Final Season Delivers 4th-Largest Audience

Games of Thrones Final Season Ratings

Never underestimate the allure of impending death.

To wit, Sunday’s fifth-to-last Game of Thrones — which teed up the big, sure-to-be-bloody Battle of Winterfell — drew an audience of 10.3 million in linear viewership, down just 13 percent from the lonnnnng-awaited season opener.

That linear audience marks the epic saga’s fourth-largest of all time, trailing also Season 7, Episode 5 (which drew 10.7 mil) and that season’s finale (12.1 mil).

Game of Thrones‘ final season premiere amassed a record 17.4 million total viewers with its first night of linear and multi-platform viewing. UPDATE: With streaming numbers now folded in, Episode 2 aka “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” delivered 15.9 million viewers, down 9 percent from the premiere’s total haul — and that is not counting Easter Sunday’s late third airing.