Updated: Will 'Game of Thrones' Set Ratings Highs in Second Season Finale? (Poll)

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June 2nd, 2012

Updated Tuesday, June 5Game of Thrones set series highs in total viewers with 4.2 million and also a series high with a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating.

Game of Thrones airs its second season finale Sunday night. Time flies, especially when there are only ten episodes in a season!

The premiere telecasts of Game of Thrones season two episodes has been pretty consistent. It premiered to a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating and hit that rating two other times. It hasn't hit or cracked the four million viewer mark in those telecasts, but it's not far off either.

Game of Thrones season two ratings:

Date Game of Thrones Season 2 Episode 18-49 Rtg Viewers (Millions)
Sunday, April 01, 2012 The North Remembers 2.0 3.858
Sunday, April 08, 2012 The Night Lands 1.9 3.759
Sunday, April 15, 2012 What is Dead May Never Die 1.8 3.766
Sunday, April 22, 2012 Garden of Bones 1.8 3.654
Sunday, April 29, 2012 The Ghost of Harrenhal 1.9 3.903
Sunday, May 06, 2012 The Old Gods and the New 2.0 3.879
Sunday, May 13, 2012 A Man Without Honor 1.9 3.694
Sunday, May 20, 2012 The Prince of Winterfell 2.0 3.864
Sunday, May 27, 2012 Blackwater 1.6 3.384
Sunday, June 03, 2012 Valar Morghulis 2.2 4.202


Not surprisingly, last week's "Blackwater" episode hit season lows it aired on a holiday weekend. I'd expect a rebound in the season finale, but will it set records?


Yes, of course we know that these ratings don't matter to HBO in the way that they matter for broadcast networks and advertising supported cable channels. HBO doesn't sell advertising so it really only cares about happy subscribers and luring more of them. And yes, of course we know that means HBO doesn't really care about how the premiere telecast of a particular episode fared. It cares more about all the aggregate viewing including DVR, encore telecasts and HBO Go.

But don't fool yourself: even for HBO the live plus same day ratings are a very good indicator for how things are going with a show. HBO doesn't need to wait to see all of the aggregate numbers to know that Game of Thrones is much more popular than Girls or Veep but still less popular among its subscribers than True Blood.

The poll is for entertainment purposes only. Besides, we'll see how the first telecast of the season finale by Tuesday. It'll be long after that (if ever) before we see the consolidated numbers including HBO Go.

  • Jamie

    2.1, 4m

  • Jon82728

    No, I dont think it will beat 2.0. It’s a really bad show, it doesnt make much sense to me.

  • Lucas

    I love that the guy above me thinks it will not beat 2.0… because he doesn’t like it.

  • Pat

    Yes it will. Because its an awesome show, and people now know that. Emmy’s for Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey!!

  • msmaka

    I think around 4.2-4.5m viewers, season 1 had a pretty big bump for finale.

  • Amit420

    the show makes a lot of sense to me, especially if you’ve read the books… Shows tend to make a lot of sense when you pay attention to the story line and characters. With that said I think it’ll beat 2.0

  • psychic

    At first look, I thought that picture was of Luke Skywalker.
    Not kidding here.

  • William

    I think it will be about 2.2 great show and cant wait for the finale

  • Reward

    I hope in 2.1
    This show deserves an high rating!
    It’s AMAZING!

  • Charles

    Jon82728, your post doesn’t make much sense.

    Glad that 2 of the best episodes (The Old Gods and the New/The North Remembers) have the highest ratings.

  • John A

    Your a day early with this poll.

  • Nick

    2.1 and 4 million viewers.

    @John A
    Earlier posting= more page views= more money from advertisers. Think.

  • KS

    It was the 19th episode ratings that surprised me the most. “Black Water” is one of the most anticipated episodes of the season and also series. Ironically, it was the least rated episode of season 2. I don’t know how good it was promoted, but, there was a lot of hype around the episode.

    Having said that, I can’t really guess how many viewers, can the finale attract.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @KS: Blackwater hitting season lows isn’t surprising at all. It surprises you only because there was no 3 day Memorial Day holiday weekend last week where you live.

  • AC75

    The ratings will go up for the finale, but not massively. Since I’ve pretty much went from being a fan to a hater over the course of this season, I’d enjoy lower numbers, but that’s just not likely.

  • The End


    Out of curiousity, what aspect of this show caused you to dislike it? I know a few people freaked out with the man on man loving in some scenes lol

    Anyway predicting on or around 4 million for the finale.

  • EatMorePez


    Well this is the internet after all, where millions of people think personal opinion and object fact are the same thing.

  • Del

    This is the best show on cable, and Blackwater was a great episode! I hope lots of people who were too busy on the holiday saw a later showing, it was so terrific I watched it a second time later in the week and caught many details I had missed. It was like a movie, really awesome.

    Almost 4 million subscribers watching plus others for later viewings and online should hopefully keep HBO producing this series for years to come. Peter Dinklage is wonderful, I hope he wins the Emmy again. The actress who plays Cersei was also good in this episode.

  • KS


    Thanks for clarification. I guess this is the first post TVBTN, with the ratings of a show compiled. I hope we have more posts like this.

  • The End

    @Almost 4 million subscribers watching

    Just to correct you, there isn’t 4 million actual people confirmed to be watching anything on American tv. These are figures generated from the 30,000 odd Nielsen households that make up the American ratings system.

    Not nitpicking your comment or anything but suggest you, and everyone else understand that these aren’t actual people being tracked. It makes understanding the reported ratings easier.

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