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Game Of Thrones Ratings Hold Steady With Season 2 Premiere, Lifetime's Client List Delivers Solid Numbers

Sunday nights continue to be a packed night for television, between what’s offered on network TV, and the growing list of cable channels airing original programming. While HBO’s Game of Thrones aired its second episode of Season 2 last night, three Showtime series returned, and Lifetime debuted their new drama The Client List.

Deadline reported the various numbers for the cable airings last night, stating that Game of Thrones retained most of its viewership from last Sunday’s second season premiere, bringing in 3.8 million viewers for last night’s second episode, when it aired at 9:00 p.m. Factoring in later airings, the series took in a total of 6.3 million viewers for the night. Mad Men also performed fairly on par last week, with 2.8 million viewers, while 1.8 million tuned in for The Killing.

Lifetime’s new drama series starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, The Client List, did ok for its series premiere, taking in 2.8 million viewers last night. As Deadline notes, that’s the network’s most watched series premiere since Drop Dead Diva debute in 2009. The draw to the drama may be attributed to a combination of the popularity of the former Ghost Whisperer and interest in the story, which follows a 2010 miniseries about a woman who takes a job at a massage parlor only to learn that the masseuses are secretly prostitutes for wealthy clients.

By comparison to the above, Showtime’s numbers for The Borgias, Nurse Jackie and The Big C seem especially low. The Borgias came out on top for the pay-cable channel, earning 1.13 million viewers, which is down 43% from last year’s series premiere. Nurse Jackie returned for Season 4 to an audience of 653,000 viewers (up 7% from last year), while The Big C premiered its third season to 581,000 viewers, which is down 35% from last year’s premiere. ?

Kelly West
Kelly West

Kelly joined CinemaBlend as a freelance TV news writer in 2006 and went on to serve as the site’s TV Editor before moving over to other roles on the site. At present, she’s an Assistant Managing Editor who spends much of her time brainstorming and editing feature content on the site.