HBO’s epic fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” keeps growing in audience as Sunday’s fifth-season finale pulled in the show’s largest Live+Same Day audience ever – even as it went up against the NBA Finals.
‘Thrones’ averaged a 4.1 rating and 8.11 million viewers, that’s up 14% from both the previous week (7.14 million) and last year’s finale (7.09 million). The previous series high was the fifth-season premiere in April with a flat 8 million.
Over the past season or two, the show has grown to become cable’s second most popular program behind only AMC’s “The Walking Dead”. The show has already been renewed for a sixth season which goes into production shortly.