HBO has renewed its fantasy series "Game of Thrones" for a second season.
Enjoying a healthy premiere, the pilot episode pulled in 4.2 million viewers over three airings Sunday. "Game of Thrones" scored 2.2 million viewers during its 9 p.m. debut, 1.2 million for the second airing and 800,000 for the final encore.
“We are delighted by the way David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have brought George R.R. Martin’s amazing book series to the screen, and thrilled by the support of the media and our viewers,” said Michael Lombardo, president, HBO programming. “This is the continuation of an exciting creative partnership.”
Richard Plepler, HBO'S executive vice president, sees "Game of Thrones" as a quintessential show for the network.
"It has a passionate connection with a big part of our audience," Plepler explained in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. "Whether the final number is 7 or 8 million viewers it doesn’t take anything away from the addictive quality of the show for a large chunk of our audience."
Featuring a strong adult tone reminiscent of "Deadwood" and "The Sopranos," "Game of Thrones" chronicles a treacherous clash among royal families to secure ultimate power of Westeros, a vast kingdom where life is often fraught with peril and shockingly short.
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