Game of Thrones’ Third Season Makes It HBO’s Second-Most Watched Series Ever

The shockwaves felt on Twitter after the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones' third season were enough to shake the ground in California, bring rainfall upon the East Coast, wake storms in the Midwest and were an indication of the show's devoted following. However, it's impossible to quantify the show's popularity on social media. We'll let the ratings tell the story. According to Deadline, the show now ranks as HBO's second-most watched show in the network's history.

Despite, some viewers threatening to stop watching the show after June 2nd's Rains of Castamere ending, the series is clearly in great shape and the word of mouth over the controversial ending may actually increase ratings. The only show to attract more viewers in HBO's history was The Sopranos; but at this rate of growth, Game of Thrones should take over the top spot by its fourth season.

Via Deadline:

With 5.4 million watching Sunday’s Game Of Thrones, the Season 3 finale was up 28% over the 4.2 million who watched the series’ Season 2 finale. Last night’s episode was the second most watched Game Of Thrones of the season after the 5.5 million HBO subscribers who tuned in for the May 5, 2013 airing. Over two plays last night, Game Of Thrones pulled in 6.3 million viewers in total. Overall Season 3 of Game Of Thrones averaged a gross audience of 13.6 million watching on linear plays, HBO On Demand, HBO GO and DVR. That’s up 2 million over Season 2. The 2004 season of The Sopranos holds the top spot for HBO with 14.4 million viewers on average

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