Ratings: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Premiere Slays Series Premiere

Season 2 of HBO's fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” bests series premiere by 74 percent

"Game of Thrones" season two got off to a bloody good start in more ways than one.

Sunday night's second-season premiere of HBO's swords-and-dragons epic fantasy series easily trounced the impressive viewership of the show's series premiere last year, and handily bested last season's average and finale viewership.

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Over three airings Sunday night, "Game of Thrones" amassed 6.3 million total viewers, with the 9 p.m. premiere airing alone drawing 3.9 million viewers.

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Sunday's premiere airing boasted a 74 percent improvement over the series premiere, and a 53 percent jump over the first season average. Sunday's "Thrones" also jumped 27 percent over last season's finale, which grabbed 3 million viewers with its initial airing.