Despite the wintry closing scene, the second-season finale of HBO's Game of Thrones certainly was anything but cold with viewers, as the fantasy skein notched its series-best delivery on Sunday night.
The 9 p.m. premiere of the episode entitled "Valar Morghulis" on June 3 averaged a series high 4.2 million viewers, according to Nielsen data. Coupled with another 910,000 watchers during the encore at 11:10, the sophomore-season- concluder played before a gross audience of 5.1 million viewers last night.
During its second season to date, Game of Thrones, which has been renewed for a third campaign, delivered a gross audience -- linear debut and encores, HBO on Demand, HBO Go airing and DVR replays -- of 10.4 million viewers per installment.
No doubt buoyed by the Game of Thrones' lead-in, Veep and Girls also played well for HBO on Sunday. Veep delivered 1.2 million viewers at 10:10 p.m., making it the second-most-watched debut episode for the series, before adding 235,000 viewers at 12:20 a.m. for a total 1.4 million viewers. Season to date, Veep has tallied a gross audience of 3.8 million viewers.
For its part, Girls scored a series high 1.1 million viewers Sunday at 10:40 pm, and added 124,000 at 12:50 a.m. for a combined 1.2 million viewers. Season to date, Girls has accumulated a gross audience of 4.2 million viewers.