'Game of Thrones' ratings surge (again!) to a record high (again!)

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At the risk of sounding repetitive: HBO’s Game of Thrones delivered record ratings yet again. Sunday’s episode, “First of His Name” (recap), delivered 7.2 million viewers for its first airing at 9 p.m., then totaled 8.6 million including encores for the night.

This marks the fourth consecutive episode to climb in the ratings and the third series-high record in a row. Overall, Thrones is averaging a whopping 17.8 million viewers this season across all platforms, up 24 percent from last year.

Meanwhile HBO’s new comedy Silicon Valley averaged 1.8 million viewers — that’s the show’s best performance since its premiere. The full-night total was 2.1 million. Then Veep hit a season-high 1 million viewers, 1.4 million for the night.

At 11 p.m., the second episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver went up, which is a great sign for the show. Oliver climbed 8 percent to 1.2 million viewers, 1.5 million for the night.


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