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'Game of Thrones' Season Three Finale Nabs Series' Second-Highest Ratings; Surpasses Viewership of 'True Blood'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 10, 2013 at 3:14PM

Fans weren't scared off after last week's bloody "Red Wedding" episode. HBO's "Game of Thrones" scored its second-highest viewership to date for the June 9 finale episode of the series' third season. An estimated 5.4 million GOT fans tuned in for the first telecast, which is up a whopping 30% from last year's finale.
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Kit Harington in 'Game of Thrones'
Kit Harington in 'Game of Thrones'

Fans weren't scared off after last week's bloody "Red Wedding" episode. HBO's "Game of Thrones" scored its second-highest viewership to date for the June 9 finale episode of the series' third season. An estimated 5.4 million GOT fans tuned in for the first telecast, which is up a whopping 30% from last year's finale.

A second airing brought the total up to 6.3 million. This means that "Game of Thrones" has finally surpassed "True Blood" as the second-place holder for ratings ("The Sopranos" still sits in first place). GOT nabbed a 13.6 million viewer average across all platforms in its third season, while the top season for "True Blood," in 2010, averaged 13 million viewers.

No word on demographic data, but thanks to a recent Nielsen report, we now know the myth that women don't like "Game of Thrones" is bunk

Needless to say, HBO has renewed "Game of Thrones" for a ten-episode fourth season.

Watch a hilarious compilation video of fans reacting to the carnage in "Red Wedding" here; read our recap of the series finale here

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.