‘Game of Thrones’ Continues its Ratings Reign

Fifth episode of fantasy series averaged 2.6 million viewers Sunday

On HBO, as in life, it's good to be the king.

The pay cable network's "Game of Thrones, which launched in mid-April, continued its ratings climb on Sunday, scoring its highest ratings to date.

The most recent "Thrones" grabbed 2.6 million viewers during its 9 p.m. broadcast on Sunday. Combined with the show's 11 p.m. encore presentation, the total viewer average was 3.3 million.

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By comparison, last week's episode — itself a series high at the time — garnered a combined 3.1 million viewers with its broadcast and re-broadcast.

Between various platforms — broadcast, DVR and HBO on Demand — "Game of Thrones" has been averaging 8.1 million total viewers.