“Game of Thrones” aired its longest episode to date, and recovered from its second-week ratings dip by hitting new series highs Sunday night.

With its first on-air broadcast of the night, the HBO hit series raked in a massive 5.3 rating in adults 18-49, rebounding from its previous episode’s 4.4 rating to become the show’s second-highest-rated episode ever. The episode’s 12.02 million viewers also mark the show’s second-largest linear audience ever, behind only the 12.07 million that its season seven finale scored.

However, with streaming and replays factored in, the audience for the latest “Thrones” episode grows to an even more impressive, series high 17.8 million viewers, beating the season 8 premiere’s 17.4 million.

Additionally, “Barry” continued to benefit from its “Thrones” lead-in, ticking up from its previous 0.8 to 0.9, making it the night’s second-highest-rated cable show, and marking another series high for the sophomore HBO series. “Veep,” meanwhile, posted its third straight 0.4.

Elsewhere, NBC Sports’ broadcast of the Colorado vs. San Jose NHL semi final game came fifth in the night with a 0.5 and 1.26 million viewers. E!’s “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” held steady with another 0.4.

Outside of the top 25, Showtime’s “Billions” continued its season-long 0.2 streak, and the season finale of Starz’s “American Gods” held onto its penultimate episode’s 0.1. Simulcast on AMC and BBC America, “Killing Eve” stayed even with another combined 0.2 rating, and managed to rise from its previous episode’s 981,000 total viewers to 1.09 million this time around.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Sunday, April 28, 2019

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
GAME OF THRONES HBO 9:03 PM 12,017 5.3
BARRY HBO 10:27 PM 2,033 0.9
RHOA: PORSHAS BABY BRAVO 8:00 PM 1,467 0.5
90 DAY FIANCE: HAPPILY EV TLC 8:00 PM 1,630 0.5
NHL SEMI FINALS – COLORADO/SAN JOSE NBC SPORTS 7:26 PM 1,257 0.5
90 DAY FIANCE: WHAT NOW TLC 10:03 PM 1,577 0.4
KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS E! 9:00 PM 1,027 0.4
VEEP HBO 11:02 PM 1,082 0.4
LAKEFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HOME 8:00 PM 1,631 0.4
NAKED AND AFRAID DISCOVERY 8:00 PM 1,300 0.4
CARIBBEAN LIFE HOME 9:00 PM 1,568 0.4
WORST COOKS IN AMERICA FOOD 9:00 PM 1,251 0.4
CARIBBEAN LIFE HOME 9:30 PM 1,651 0.4
LAKEFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HOME 8:30 PM 1,580 0.4
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 11:00 AM 743 0.3
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC BRAVO 9:00 PM 978 0.3
SPORTSCENTER LATE ESPN 11:00 PM 733 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 10:00 AM 701 0.3
ON THE CASE WITH PZ INVEST 10:00 PM 1,299 0.3
PREMIER LEAGUE – CHELSEA/MANCHESTER UNITED NBC SPORTS 11:24 AM 692 0.3
LIVE PD PRESENTS: PD CAM A&E 10:33 PM 1,005 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 9:57 PM 924 0.3
LIVE PD PRESENTS: PD CAM A&E 9:31 PM 1,177 0.3
LIVE PD PRESENTS: PD CAM A&E 9:00 PM 1,150 0.3
MLB SUNDAY NIGHT – CLEVELAND/HOUSTON ESPN 7:00 PM 1,231 0.3

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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