'Game of Thrones' ratings strong for Mountain vs. Viper

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For once, the holiday didn’t hurt Game of Thrones.

No matter how much anticipation there is for an episode of HBO’s fantasy hit, the episode that airs after Memorial Day weekend typically takes a notable ratings dip. Coming back from a two-week break, Sunday’s “The Mountain and the Viper” averaged 7.2 million viewers for its premiere airing and 8.2 million for the night including repeats. That basically matches the show’s series high, which the drama has now reached three times this season.

We have a ton of related Mountain vs. Viper coverage: Our recap, our interview with Pedro Pascal, another with Emilia Clarke and our TV Book Club discussion.

Also Sunday: HBO’s season finale of freshman comedy series Silicon Valley finished with 1.7 million viewers (2 million for night) and Veep had 1.1 million (1.3 million for night). New talk show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver took a dip from two weeks ago with 1 million viewers and 1.2 million for the night.

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