‘Game of Thrones’ Ratings Surge 32 Percent With Finale

7.1 million viewers tune in for season capper

the "Red Wedding" episode of 'Game of Thrones'

“Game of Thrones” ended its season with a bang in the ratings, surging 32 percent over last season’s finale to rack up 7.1 million viewers with its initial 9 p.m. airing.

Across three airings Sunday night, the season finale of HBO’s dragons-and-swords drama amassed 9.3 million total viewers.

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Overall, it’s been a big season for “Game of Thrones”; the just-concluded fourth season averaged 6.8 million viewers, a 37 percent jump over last season’s average. This season also saw the series, which is based on George R.R. Martin‘s “A Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy book series, also hit multiple series viewership highs during the season.