Cable Ratings: Game of Thrones Slips in Week 2

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Game of Thrones may be down, but it remains a dominant force in the ratings.

Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2 dipped to 10.29 million total viewers and a 4.4 rating in the demo in linear viewing.

This is down just over 12 percent from the 11.76 million total viewers and 5.0 demo rating that Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 logged just over a week ago.

A Sullen Sansa - Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

At the time of those ratings being revealed, HBO revealed that including streaming on the Sunay night, the ratings soared to 17.4 million total viewers.

Related: Game of Thrones Hits Series Highs

The streaming numbers for Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2 have yet to be released, but this post-premiere drop is on par with the declines for some of the seasons that came before it.

Additionally, it's worth noting that Sunday's episode leaked well in advance of the HBO airing. Amazon Germany accidentally uploaded the episode in advance.

Lyanna Mormont Ready for Battle - Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

Viewers watching Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 were prompted to watch Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2 right after, and spoilers were posted across the internet.

Despite the leak and the minor erosion, Game of Thrones towered above the competition on both the broadcast networks and even cable.

Related: Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2 Review: The Last Good Day

Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3 is poised to be a big one for the series, with a battle that's been teased since the very beginning kicking off.

Daenerys Smiles - Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2

What are your thoughts on the ratings, Game of Thrones Fanatics?

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Remember you can watch Game of Thrones online right here via TV Fanatic.

Game of Thrones continues Sunday on HBO.

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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Game of Thrones Quotes

Thoros: You still mad at us, boy?
Gendry: You sold me to a witch.
Thoros: A priestess. I'll admit, it is a subtle distinction.
Beric: We're fighting a great war. Wars cost money.
Gendry: I wanted to be one of you. I wanted to join the brotherhood, but you sold me off... like a slave. Do you know what she did to me? She strapped me down in the bed. She stripped me naked.
The Hound: Sounds alright so far.
Gendry: And put leeches on me.
The Hound: Was she naked, too?
Thoros: She needed your blood.
Gendry: Yes, thank you. I know that.
The Hound: Could have been worse.
Gendry: She wanted to kill me. They would have killed me if it wasn't for Davos.
The Hound: But they didn't, did they? So what are you whinging about?
Gendry: I'm not whinging.
The Hound: Your lips are moving and you're complaining about something. That's whinging. This one's been killed six times. You don't hear him whinging about it.

All hail Bran the Broken first of his name, king of the Anders and the First Men, Lord of the Six Kingdoms, protector of the realm.