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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Premiere Scores Series High Ratings

HBO drama seizes 8 million total viewers, a 4.2 rating in key demo

Everyone loves musical chairs — throw in dragons, and it’s game on for adults.

The “Game of Thrones” Season 5 premiere episode landed a series-high 4.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic; the fantasy drama hauled in 8 million total viewers.

Last year, the popular HBO show’s Season 4 premiere netted a 3.6 rating in the key demo, which means this one is up 16.7 percent.

The premium network’s comedy “Silicon Valley” returned for its sophomore season with a 1.3 demo rating, which was good for second place across cable on Sunday. The Mike Judge-Alec Berg sitcom netted 2.13 million total viewers, which placed it just outside selected cable’s Top 5.

“Veep” was lower, finishing with a 0.5 rating and 1.05 million viewers.

All numbers represented here are Live + Same Day Nielsen data per TVByTheNumbers. HBO prefers Live + 7 Day numbers, which is what they report through the press.

Both “Silicon Valley” and “Veep” were renewed by HBO on Monday.