Sorry, “True Blood.” Your time as HBO’s No. 2 show is now over.
“Game of Thrones” has now moved into that spot after a third season that boosted its audience by nearly 30 percent from the year before.
The Season 3 finale of the George R.R. Martin fantasy series pulled in 5.4 million viewers Sunday night, up 28 percent from the previous Season 2 finale, which attracted a solid 4.2 million viewers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Overall, the third season has averaged 13.6 million viewers, up 2 million viewers from the year before, and has brought in the largest audiences to an HBO show since “The Sopranos” in 2004.
And it’s been an amazing season. The infamous “Red Wedding” scene — which the producers said was one of the driving forces to creating the series in the first place — pulled in a huge audiences just a week ago. However, the most-watched episode of the entire series actually came on May 5 for the episode “The Climb.”
That episode, which drew in 5.5 million viewers, was written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, and featured Jon Snow (Kit Harington) climbing The Wall while King Robb (Richard Madden) was making plans that would ultimately lead to his doom just to inflict a punishing blow on the Lannisters.
It seems the longer “Game of Thrones” continues, the more audience it attracts — unusual for most television shows, especially one that is highly serialized like “Game of Thrones.” It’s almost impossible to come into later episodes of the show without being an expert in the episodes that came before it. Yet, fans can’t get enough of the show.
HBO has already renewed “Game of Thrones” for a fourth season, which will air in 2014. The series is expected to pick up where it left off in Martin’s third book in the Game of Thrones series, “A Storm of Swords.”
“True Blood” moves down to No. 3 on the overall list at HBO, but has a chance to reclaim its title next week when the show returns for its sixth season.