‘Thrones’ strong in season finale

'Veep,' 'Girls' also see increases Sunday night

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” concluded its second season with 4.2 million viewers for the initial 9 p.m. telecast Sunday, a hefty improvement from last season’s finale that drew 3 million.

When including the 910,000 who tuned for a replay later in the evening, “Game of Thrones” drew 5.1 million, according to Nielsen. Show has been averaging 10.4 million viewers per episode once all the linear telecasts, on demand plays and DVR usage is included.

“Thrones” is the second most popular series on HBO, behind vampire drama “True Blood,” which starts its fifth season this Sunday. “True Blood” attracted 5.3 million for the first telecast of last season’s premiere episode.

Following “Game of Thrones” on the pay cabler last night, “Julia Louis-Dreyfus starrer “Veep” delivered 1.2 million and Lena Dunham’s “Girls” hit a series high of 1.1 million in their respective initial episodes.

Net has high hopes for Aaron Sorkin-penned “The Newsroom,” which launches June 24. Show, a behind-the-scenes look at a political cable news network, stars Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer and Jane Fonda.