The fight for the Iron Throne is still on, but Game of Thrones Season 4 is the clear winner in the ratings game.
As TVLine reports, the Season 4 premiere (Season 4 Episode 1, "Two Swords") came back stronger than ever, pulling in an impressive 6.6 million viewers. That's a record for Game of Thrones, and it makes the episode HBO's most watched episode since the Sopranos finale.
Can you blame people for tuning in? After last season's epic finale, everyone needed to know what happens next, and they probably weren't disappointed. This episode had all of the twisty politics, giant dragons, and cool new characters you could ask for.
These numbers are a 52 percent rise over the Season 3 premiere, and are 23 percent higher than the Season 3 finale. So much for all those people who swore off the show after the Red Wedding. People just can't get enough of this addictive story, no matter how many times it breaks our hearts.
And people were talking about it, too. After the premiere, Facebook measured activity from the show's fans. According to their date, 1.9 million people talked about the show, and over 2.8 interacted with posts related to the show. That's a lot of chatter!
Game of Thrones's success also spilled over to its follow-up program, Silicon Valley, which pulled in 2 million viewers. Sure, that's nowhere near Game of Thrones's number, but it still makes the tech comedy the highest debut for an HBO comedy since Hung back in 2009.
Forget the Mother of Dragons — all hail Game of Thrones!
Catch the next episode of Game of Thrones Season 4 on April 13, 2014 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.