Sunday night brought good news and bad news for HBO this
week. The good news was that the second episode of already-renewed Game of Thrones managed to match its
series premiere numbers. The bad was that the second season premiere of Treme that followed sunk to 605,000
Treme's debut was
22% lower than the 777,000 viewers it was averaging in its first season, after
it debuted to an audience of 1.1 million. Last year Treme had the benefit of leading out of the hugely popular The Pacific miniseries and True Blood, while this year it follows
the new Game of Thrones, which has a
more modest viewership.
Episode two of Game of
Thrones on Sunday night did accomplish the rare feat of matching its pilot
viewership with 2.2 million watchers at 9 p.m. HBO renewed the series for a
second season two days after its premiere.
To date, Game of
Throne's pilot episode has topped 6.8 million cumulative viewers across