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U.K. Viewers Flock To 'Game of Thrones'

More than 800,000 watched the debut, with time-shifted viewing expected to bring total viewing to over 1 million.

LONDON - Game of Thrones has proved to be a big winner for Sky Atlantic, the U.K. home of epic drama launched by BSkyB earlier this year. The plot-rich Sean Bean fantasy drama drew in 823,000 viewers after its Monday night debut, a figure that could top the 1 million mark when time-shifted viewing figures are taken into account.

The debut significantly eclipses the channel's previous big drama Boardwalk Empire, which launched the channel earlier this year with 438,000 overnight viewers.

Though the Steve Buscemi-starring gangster drama was touted as Sky Atlantic's signature show, Thrones, which THR TV critic Tim Goodman described as "exceptionally well-conceived," looks like proving more popular with viewers.