Saturday, April 13, 2024

“Game of Thrones” Scores Season High Ratings as Dany and Drogon Level King’s Landing, 2 Major Characters Die


Sunday night’s “Game of Thrones” scored a season 8 high for ratings: 12,479,000 total viewers. That’s more than any of the previous four episodes including the darkly lit extravaganza from two weeks ago.

In Episode 5, Dany and her dragon leveled King’s Landing until it looked like Knot’s Landing after a cyclone. Two major characters died, and several others including Cersei’s boyfriend.

“Game of Thrones” continued to lift “Barry” and “Veep” to high ratings. The “Veep” finale was consistent with the show’s ratings this season.

But “Billions” lost some steam on Showtime, which is why it won’t be on this week until “Thrones” is over.

“Keeping Up with the Kardashians” scraped along its bottom again, with just 883K viewers. Stick a fork in the K’s. They are done.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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