Cable Ratings: 'Game of Thrones,' 'The Killing' End on High Notes
Cable Ratings: 'Game of Thrones,' 'The Killing' End on High Notes
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Sunday was a big night for television as two of cable's most talked about shows had two unforgettable first season finales, for completely different reasons. Game of Thrones raised the bar with a stellar ending that introduced dragons to the show's deep mythology while The Killing earned a ton of backlash for a disappointing ending that didn't answer the one question a lot of people thought it would.

However, both shows still ended on top in the ratings. Game of Thrones, which has steadily increased viewership over the first season, ended with its highest ratings ever, scoring 3 million viewers. I guess all of those people who complained that they'd never watch the show again after the shocking death of Sean Bean's Ned Stark the week before were lying.

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Meanwhile, The Killing's finale was up nearly half a million viewers from the previous episode, ending with 2.31 million viewers, the show's highest rating since the fourth episode. However, the real challenge will be the second season, as a lot of critics were up in arms over the finale and vowed to give up on the show.

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