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‘Game of Thrones’ debut draws record 10.1 million viewers


Women dominate Westeros as never before, and it’s the same with the “Game of Thrones’’ ratings.

The HBO drama’s seventh season premiere last weekend drew a record-setting 10.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen company figures released Tuesday.

That eclipsed previous toprated “Game of Thrones’’ episodes, including the 8.11 million who watched the season five finale in 2015 and the eight million who tuned in to that year’s opener.

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

As the new season opened, Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) is atop the Iron Throne as queen of Westeros; Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) commands an extensive army, and Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) is exacting revenge for Red Wedding family deaths.

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