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'Game of Thrones' debut draws record 10.1 million viewers

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/19/2017 By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer
This image released by HBO shows Lena Headey, left, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in "Game of Thrones," which premiered its seventh season on Sunday, July 16. (Helen Sloan/HBO via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by HBO shows Lena Headey, left, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in "Game of Thrones," which premiered its seventh season on Sunday, July 16. (Helen Sloan/HBO via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Women dominate Westeros as never before, and it's the same with the ratings for "Game of Thrones."

FILE - This file image released by HBO shows Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in a scene from "Game of Thrones." In the eagerly-awaited season 7 premiere of HBO’s hit TV series, “Game of Thrones,” Lannister and Jon Snow learned some tough lessons about the importance of managing resources. (HBO via AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This file image released by HBO shows Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in a scene from "Game of Thrones." In the eagerly-awaited season 7 premiere of HBO’s hit TV series, “Game of Thrones,” Lannister and Jon Snow learned some tough lessons about the importance of managing resources. (HBO via AP, File)

Nielsen figures out Tuesday showed the HBO drama's seventh-season premiere last weekend drew a record-setting 10.1 million viewers.

That eclipsed previous top-rated "Game of Thrones" episodes, including the 8.11 million who watched the season five finale in 2015 and the 8 million who tuned in to that year's opener.

The numbers represent viewers who watched the episodes as they first aired. More join the party through streaming and DVR viewings.

This is the next-to-last season for "Game of Thrones," HBO has said.

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