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'Game of Thrones' ratings match high, 'Veep' slips

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HBO’s Game of Thrones matched its series-high performance on Sunday night.

The fifth episode (recap here) delivered 3.9 million viewers at 9 p.m. and 4.7 million viewers total for the night (in fact, digging deeper into the digits, Thrones had more viewers than ever for a premiere episode, but not quite enough to roll over the rounding from its previous high of 3.9 million to 4.0 million … I bet it will happen this season, though).

As for HBO’s comedies, Week 2 of Veep fell 17 percent to 1.1 million viewers (1.4 million total) — though HBO renewed it anyway. Girls, also renewed, was steady with 816,000 viewers (1 million total).