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Second season premiere of 'Thrones' far outpaces Sunday night rivals 'Mad Men' and 'The Killing' on AMC.

By Josh Wigler

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in "Game of Thrones"

Photo: HBO

The Night's Watch might be journeying through wildling territory at the moment, but somebody is watching over the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros in their absence — a lot of somebodies, too, if the massive ratings "Game of Thrones" just posted are any indication.

HBO's sweeping fantasy epic returned for its second season on Sunday, and the results are almost as big as the great ice Wall north of Winterfell itself. Variety reports that 3.86 million viewers tuned in for the "Thrones" season premiere, titled "The North Remembers," with the final number climbing to 4.22 million when taking two subsequent airings into account. The end result is the most-watched episode of "Game of Thrones" ever, rising significantly above its previous series best of 3.04 million for the season-one finale. »

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