Game of Thrones seems to be bent on conquest.
The HBO fantasy hit has always put up solid numbers, but as we hit the midway point of season three it just keeps getting bigger, and now it's threatening to overtake True Blood's position as the network's top show. Meanwhile, we're entering "May sweeps," that all-important month-long period when shows work extra hard to draw in bigger ratings and impress their networks.
Check out the numbers and commentary below to see how your favorite shows are doing in Live + Same Day viewers.
MONDAY, April 22nd
Defiance (Syfy) 2.40 million viewers/0.8
Defiance took a drop after its premiere, but not a very steep one. Its second week still brought in very strong numbers for Syfy. Let's see if it can carry this momentum into May sweeps.
Lost Girl (Syfy) 1.20 million viewers/0.4
After a few low weeks Lost Girl returned to post a big gain for its season finale, putting up its best numbers since September. We'll see it again soon.
Bates Motel (A&E) 2.93 million viewers/1.3
Bates Motel again posted gains this week, for its best episode in nearly a month. More good news for this A&E original.
Revolution (NBC) 5.88 million viewers/2.0/6 share
Revolution returned from an unexpected week off to its worst numbers ever. They're still not too shabby, though, and the show now has a second season on the way.
Shows on Hiatus
Teen Wolf (MTV) — Returns June 3, 2013
Warehouse 13 (Syfy) — Returns April 29, 2013
Tron: Uprising (Disney XD) — Returns Unknown
Continuum (Syfy) — Returns June 7, 2013
Being Human (Syfy) — Returns 2014
WEDNESDAY, April 24th
Arrow (CW) 3.10 million viewers/1.0/3 share
After a few weeks off, Arrow returned to post a gain in numbers, giving it a strong lead-in to the crucial May episodes.
Supernatural (CW) 2.38 million viewers/1.0/3 share
Supernatural also came up big in its return. Even if you're not watching anymore, this show's staying power continues to be remarkable.
Shows on Hiatus
Futurama (Comedy) — Returns June 19, 2013
American Horror Story (FX) — Returns October, 2013
Dragons: Riders of Berk (TOON) — Returns Sept. 10, 2013
The Neighbors (ABC) — Returns Unknown
THURSDAY, April 25th
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 15.05 million viewers/4.5/15 share
April 25 marked the official beginning of Nielsen's 2013 May sweeps period, and The Big Bang Theory started surprisingly slow, dropping more than 2 million viewers from its last episode. But even with such a dip, it still beat everything on the else on the air that night, and it's still got another season coming, so there's not much to worry about.
Person of Interest (CBS) 13.22 million viewers/2.4/7 share
Person of Interest also came in a bit low in its first sweeps episode, but still put up some very strong numbers.
Elementary (CBS) 10.07 million viewers/2.0/6 share
Elementary was also down, but CBS is still dominant on Thursdays, and you can bet it's got a few tricks up its sleeve for May.
The Vampire Diaries (CW) 2.24 million viewers/1.0/3 share
The Vampire Diaries basically broke even this week. We'll see if it can gain some ground in May.
Beauty and the Beast (CW) 1.24 million viewers/0.5/1 share
Beauty and the Beast dropped a bit this week, but The CW thought its performance overall has been good enough to grant it a second season.
Hannibal (NBC) 2.40 million viewers/1.0/3 share
Hannibal took a big drop this week for its worst episode yet by far. That's not a very good way to start off a sweeps period, but it's definitely got time to make up for it.
Shows on Hiatus
Saving Hope (NBC) — Returns Unknown
Wilfred (FX) — Returns 2013
Haven (Syfy) — Returns 2013
Archer (FX) — Returns Unknown
Last Resort (ABC)
Zero Hour (ABC)
FRIDAY, April 26th
Touch (FOX) 2.22 million viewers/0.6/2 share
Touch returned this week to more low numbers. This one's on the way out.
Merlin (Syfy) -- OFF (Returns May 3)
Grimm (NBC) 4.85 million viewers/1.3/4 share
Grimm returned from an unplanned week off to slightly lower numbers. Next week it moves to Tuesday, where it has a chance at raising its profile during sweeps.
Da Vinci's Demons (Starz) 0.38 million viewers/0.2
Da Vinci's Demons dropped last week in the midst of high-profile breaking news, so we thought it might not be the show's fault. This week the numbers fell again. Is this a sign that Starz should have waited a few more weeks before deciding to renew it?
Fringe (FOX) — Run ended after five seasons
Spartacus (Starz) — Run ended.
SATURDAY, April 27th
Doctor Who (BBCA) 1.12 million viewers/0.5
Doctor Who got a nice boost across the board this week for its best episode since the March premiere.
Orphan Black (BBCA) 0.32 million viewers/0.1
Orphan Black dropped its demo score again this week. We'll see if it can bounce back.
Clone Wars (TOON)
SUNDAY, April 28th
Once Upon a Time (ABC) 7.16 million viewers/2.0/6 share
Once Upon a Time dropped again this week, but the drop was small. We'll see if it can use sweeps to its advantage.
666 Park Avenue (ABC) — OFF
666 Park Avenue's final four episodes will show up this summer on ABC, then it's done.
Game of Thrones (HBO) 5.34 million viewers/2.8
For the third straight week Game of Thrones posted gains in both viewers and demo score, and for the third straight week the show set a new series record in both. This week it topped five million viewers in a single broadcast for the very first time, and earned a higher viewership than any episode of True Blood did last season. Until now the vampire drama was HBO's most popular show with a bullet. Is Game of Thrones poised to conquer it?
Shows on Hiatus
Falling Skies (TNT) — Returns June 9, 2013
True Blood (HBO) — Returns June 16, 2013
The Walking Dead (AMC) — Returns Fall, 2013