The fifth season premiere of Game of Thrones may not have turned out so well for Mance Rayder, (Sorry, the 24-hour moratorium on spoilers is over.), but it delivered for premium cable giant HBO in a major way.

Game of Thrones Season 5 Episode 1 was the most-watched first-run episode in the series' history with over 8 million viewers. That's up 17 percent (over 1 million viewers) from the season 4 premiere.

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