With its penultimate episode, “Game of Thrones” not only held onto the no. 1 spot in the Sunday cable ratings, but drew in its largest audience ever.

The HBO fantasy series led the night by ticking up three-tenths from its previous 5.1 to a 5.4 rating in adults 18-49 – its second-highest rating in the demo to date. The episode’s initial 12.48 million viewer audience is also a new series high for “Thrones,” beating its season 7 finale’s initial 12.07 million viewers, which had been the show’s previous high.

Meanwhile, the series finale of “Veep” scored the same 0.4 as its penultimate episode, and managed to tick up from 1.07 million viewers to 1.1 million. Additionally, “Barry” posted its second straight 0.8, and “Last Week Tonight” raked in a 0.4.

TNT’s broadcast of the 76ers vs. Raptors (2.5) NBA playoff game came second in the night, while the network’s post-game “Inside the NBA Playoffs” (1.3) special placed third. Elsewhere, TLC’s “90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After?” grabbed a 0.5, while E!’s “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” maintained its previous 0.4.

Outside of the night’s top 25, the BBC America and AMC simulcast of “Killing Eve” scored a combined 0.2 rating and 1.02 million viewer audience, down slightly from its previous episode’s combined 0.3 rating. Showtime’s “Billions,” however, continued its 0.2 streak once again.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Sunday, May 12, 2019

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
GAME OF THRONES HBO 9:03 PM 12,479 5.4
NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 – 76ERS/RAPTORS TNT 7:00 PM 6,935 2.5
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 9:43 PM 3,625 1.3
BARRY HBO 10:23 PM 1,873 0.8
NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME TNT 6:30 PM 2,009 0.8
90 DAY FIANCE: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? TLC 8:00 PM 1,635 0.5
LAST WEEK TONIGHT HBO 11:41 PM 1,158 0.4
MLB SUNDAY NIGHT – CUBS/BREWERS ESPN 7:00 PM 1,712 0.4
NAKED AND AFRAID DISCOVERY 8:00 PM 1,396 0.4
KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS E! 9:00 PM 883 0.4
LIGA MX QF – CRUZ AZUL / AMERICA UNIVISION 7:00 PM 901 0.4
VEEP HBO 10:53 PM 1,097 0.4
90 DAY FIANCE: WHAT NOW? TLC 10:02 PM 1,353 0.4
RHOA: PORSHA’S BABY BRAVO 8:00 PM 1,143 0.4
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 10:08 PM 981 0.3
MOTHER’S DAY MOVIE MRATHON: THE INTERN TBS 3:15 PM 847 0.3
WORST COOKS IN AMERICA FOOD 9:00 PM 1,125 0.3
SPORTSCENTER LATE ESPN 11:00 PM 743 0.3
LAKEFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HOME 8:00 PM 1,420 0.3
LAKEFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HOME 8:30 PM 1,529 0.3
MOTHER’S DAY MOVIE MRATHON: BLENDED TBS 12:45 PM 749 0.3
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC BRAVO 9:00 PM 957 0.3
BEACH HUNTERS HOME 9:30 PM 1,507 0.3
BEACH HUNTERS HOME 9:00 PM 1,460 0.3
BAR RESCUE PARAMOUNT 10:00 PM 674 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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