By James Hibberd
Updated June 14, 2011 at 01:46 PM EDT

Despite airing against the Tony Awards and the NBA Finals, HBO’s Game of Thrones tied its series high in the ratings Sunday night.

Thrones delivered another 2.7 million for its premiere telecast, same as last week’s high, and was down just a tick overall for the night (3.4 million). Yes, it’s safe to assume that number would likely be slightly bigger if not for the stiff live competition. Given the outrage over Sunday’s Game-changing twist that left a contingent of fans threatening to quit the show, next week’s season-finale numbers should be interesting.

Thrones also received some great news yesterday when it gathered several top nominations in the Television Critics Association Awards. The first-year show was nominated for best drama series, new program and program of the year.

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Game of Thrones

HBO's epic fantasy drama based on George R.R. Martin's novel series 'A Song of Ice and Fire.'

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  • TV-MA
  • David Benioff
  • D.B. Weiss
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