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HBO’s Game of Thrones Season 4 Finale Sets Another Ratings Record

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HBO delivered the much anticipated Game of Thrones Season 4 finale on Sunday night and fans of the epic fantasy series turned out in droves to learn the fate of Tyrion Lannister and several other key characters as the episode’s ratings hit the bull-seye.

HBO today reported that the Season 4 finale ‘The Children’ drew 7.1 million viewers for its first airing at 9/8c on Sunday, a 32 percent rise from the Season 3 finale that followed the “Red Wedding” episode. ‘The Children’ aired an additional two more time on Sunday night and when all was said and done, a total of 9.3 million viewers had their eyes glued to their TVs or tablets.

Game of Thrones ratings for Season 4 averaged 6.8 million viewers per episode, a 37 percent jump over last season’s average. When you factor in all the airings, Game of Thrones grossed 18.6 million viewers, the largest audience ever for an HBO series, even higher than The Sopranos.

As amazing as ‘The Children’ was, now the seemingly eternal wait begins for Game of Thrones Season 5. Those 10 new episodes won’t arrive until late March or early April 2015, roughly nine months from now.

In the meantime, look forward to Season 5 news from the production trickling out this summer, as well as specifics on the Game of Thrones Season 4 Blu-ray and DVD release.

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