James Hibberd
June 01, 2011 AT 03:32 PM EDT

What did Game of Thrones ratings do on Memorial Day weekend?

As you’ll recall, the numbers dropped last week for the first time (a bit inexplicably given the show had just aired its creatively strongest episode yet). This week, things were set up for a high degree of muddiness. Episode 7 was offered on HBO’s online service a week in advance, plus there’s the three-day holiday weekend to contend with — a period that often results in lower viewership.

Thrones viewership was … unchanged. Another 2.4 million viewers for its premiere airing and a total of 3.2 million for the night, including the repeat. What’s vaguely still impressive about this: Overall TV viewership for the night was down 21 percent due to the holiday.

Related: Game of Thrones Episode 7 recap! “The Best Laid Plans:” A major shakeup this week as Dany faces an assassin, Ros auditions for Brothel Idol and a new king seizes the Iron Throne

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