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Game of Thrones delivered more big viewing numbers for the second episode of its final season — although not quite as massive as its premiere.
Nielsen figures show 10.29 million people tuning in to initial airing of Sunday’s episode, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.” The linear audience is down 12.5 percent from the premiere’s 11.76 million. That’s more or less in line with second-episode declines for each of the past three seasons, which have declined by an average of 10.5 percent from their premieres.
With streaming and replays, the audience grew to 15.9 million for the night, off about 9 percent from the record 17.4 million first-night viewers for the season premiere. There was only one replay of the episode within the Nielsen measuring period, vs. two for the premiere.
The 10.29 million people is the fourth-largest initial audience in the show’s history, behind the season seven finale (12.07 million), the final-season premiere and season seven’s fifth episode (10.72 million).
The linear ratings topped everything else on broadcast or cable Sunday night by a sizable margin. The next most-watched show, CBS’ 60 Minutes, trailed Game of Thrones by about 1.8 million viewers.
April 23, 8:40 a.m. Updated with streaming figures.
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