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HBO Scores Its Highest Ratings Since 2007 EW

An HBO program delivered the pay-cable channel's biggest audience since the series finale of “The Sopranos” in 2007. EW.com’s Inside TV reports that Sunday's fourth-season premiere of “Game of Thrones” drew 6.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched program on HBO since the mafia drama ended.

With two replays added in, “Game of Thrones” drew 8.2 million viewers Sunday.

The third-season premiere of the fantasy drama, by comparison, drew 4.4 million viewers, with the season peaking at 5.5 million viewers for its sixth episode. Neither the third season’s infamous “Red Wedding” episode nor its season finale delivered a record high for the show, the piece adds.

“This year, ‘Thrones’ might very well overtake the classic mob drama to claim the premium cable network’s all-time crown, especially given its history of growing its audience as a season progresses,” the article notes.

Meanwhile, the debut of HBO’s new comedy series “Silicon Valley” drew 2 million viewers, making it the strongest half-hour series debut in about five years, the piece adds.

As we reported previously, heavy demand Sunday for "Game of Thrones" caused HBO's mobile service HBO GO to crash.

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