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.

  • AC75

    @The End

    I just don’t enjoy/like the story very much. I find it largely uninteresting and generally just a little bit boring. Mostly because there are far too many villains, and too few good guys.

  • The End


    I understand, thanks for answering. Perhaps Sundays episode might reignite your interest in the series :)

  • Jeff

    I think it’ll get a 2.0 rating, and very close to 4 million viewers.

  • AC75

    @The End

    No prob. I haven’t given up on the show totally, so I will be checking in on the finale at some point in the coming week. I usually record it.

  • KS


    there are far too many villains, and too few good guys

    Isn’t that the general trend of world at any given point of time, be it present, past or future!

    But I agree with you its boring, especially this season and I kinda expected that. But, I am a huge fan of this show, but it’s still got a lot of potential in its future seasons.

  • David Howell

    It’ll tie the season high with a 2.0, I’ll guess.

  • sammy

    I think it will but the last two episodes have been a tad boring by game of thrones standards !

  • Oliver

    I’ll be surprised if it doesn’t. People are more likely to watch season finales live.

  • Crazy Eye Broyles (AJ)

    I can understand not being able to follow it if you have never read the books. There are hundreds of characters in the books, and a big chunk of them are minor characters that appear intermittently. On top of that, there is a lot of the same dialogue that you see in the books, but what you can’t see is what they are thinking. In the books you get to read what is going on in their heads, and often it is important information to the story. They have also taken storylines from minor characters and dumped them on other characters, and chosen to wait to introduce characters that should have already shown up.

    I loved season one and about halfway through season 2 I realized I was not understanding what all was going on so I bought the books and read them. Went back and watched from the beginning and saw so much I missed the first time around and had a far better understanding of who all the people where and the many, many plots.

    It only gets more complicated from here as well. They have taken some stuff from book 3 and put it in season two because book 3 is a chronological mess. It starts off before Blackwater even happens to show you what the other characters were doing while it was going on. So at least that should make season 3 a little easier to follow without having to jump back in time.

    I hope they do justice to the House of the Undying. If they do it right, you should see some clues as to what is to come. ;)

  • Will

    the correct answer is no

  • HERB

    Saw the finale of “Touch.” Bello and KS were award winning. WOW!!!!!

  • CrimTV

    Off topic but, I Can’t believe Kathryn Joosten had died RIP

  • Richard Steven Hack

    I play the odds: more 1.9’s than any other level, so I vote 1.9 for the finale. It might go as high as 2.0, but I don’t see it setting a ratings high.

    However, it was trending up during the last few episodes after a couple 1.8 episodes, fluctuating between 1.9 and 2.0, except for last week which was a holiday fluke, so I could be wrong and it might rebound to 2.1.

  • ATK

    I hope it will break the 4 million mark, but really hoping we will get some impressive 2nd air and DVR numbers as well. Oh and @ Jon82728 – It is a complicated show with a lot going on and a wealth of characters to keep track of, try watching it again. Your passionate enough to comment about hating it but have you really tried understanding it?

  • Richard Steven Hack

    BTW, I don’t actually watch this show for the plot because I recognize from having read only the first of the books years ago that it is really complicated.

    I watch mostly for the quality acting, with special high marks to Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey and Michelle Fairley. This is a character driven show, the plot is secondary. It’s more of a family soap opera than a “sword and sorcery” show, but unlike TSCC where Friedman tried to reduce the Terminator franchise to a family drama (with disastrous results), this actually works in GoT.

    So forget about the plot, you’ll never remember all the twists and turns. Just concentrate on the antagonisms between the players and you’ll be fine.

    Of course, I’d like to see more Walkers (just like I wanted to see more zombies in The Walking Dead, which became deadly dull in its second season) and of course I can’t wait for the dragons to grow up! :-)

  • Crazy Eye Broyles (AJ)

    The White Walkers have only ever been seen twice in 5 books, so don’t hold your breath. They have been mentioned a lot, but only seen by POV characters in 2 spots. The very first scene of the show, and then again in book 3. They will be back in book 6 I imagine, as it is the book about the long winter and that is when they will be most active (the last time they were seen was during a long winter.)

    I guess you can watch it for the characters (especially since it is a story told from the different POV’s of the characters), but I think it would be horribly frustrating not knowing what is going on. Besides there is only one main plot over the first 5 books and that is the fight over the throne and all the backstabbing. Everything else is just a bunch of foreshadowing that something really, really, really bad is going to happen in the next book and all this fighting over the throne will have been a huge waste of time as they will all have to unite to take out the walkers.

    It will become more of a sword and sorcery type show as things progress, but not to the extent of a lot of other fantasy stuff.

  • Crazy Eye Broyles (AJ)

    Oh I take that first part back. Jon Snow saw a walker in a recent episode, but I am not sure that was in the book. He knew they were doing something to the male babies but I don’t remember him actually seeing a white walker.

  • Derrick

    Blackwater ratings were down because it had to compete with San Antonio vs Oklahoma City , The Killing, Washington Nationals vs Atlanta Braves, and the Coca-Cola 600

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  • KS

    @Crazy Eye Broyles(AJ)

    Thanks for the info. I have mentioned in my earlier posts also that, I like more of magic vs kings than kings vs kings. But, 5 Books of politics and family! Seriously? Dealing only with politics really gets boring over time. I hope there are more interesting plots awaiting.

    I want to see more dragons and more walkers. It would be awesome when they fight with kings. Waiting for a dragon to blow up a castle.

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