Episode 8 of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” earned the series its highest ratings yet, according to EW.
Attracting 2.7 million viewers during its 9 p.m. showing, the series finished the night with 3.6 million viewers after including the 11 p.m. encore. “Game of Thrones” earned a 22 percent gain from its debut April 17.
The pilot episode scored 2.2 million viewers during its initial showing, ultimately hauling in 8.7 million viewers, according to HBO.
When accounting for encores, HBO On Demand and DVRs, the series currently averages 8.3 million total viewers per episode.
Based on author George R.R. Martin’s acclaimed “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels, “Game of Thrones” chronicles a treacherous clash among royal families to secure ultimate power of Westeros, a vast kingdom where life is often fraught with peril and shockingly short.
HBO has renewed the show for a second season, which will be based on Martin’s second novel “A Clash of Kings.”
The series, which airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET, stars Sean Bean, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Michelle Fairley, Jason Momoa, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Kit Harington.
“Game of Thrones” is executive produced by David Benioff (“Troy,” “The Kite Runner”) and D.B. Weiss.
See our review of the latest episode “The Pointy End” here.
View a preview of the next episode here.