'Game Of Thrones', 'Stranger Things' Top 2016 IMDb List

Once again, HBO is king of the TV networks.

The premium cable channel swept the Emmys with 22 awards in 2016, a year that also saw "Game of Thrones" become the most-decorated scripted show in TV history, with 37 Emmy wins spread over six seasons.

On Dec. 13, HBO and "Game of Thrones" were recognized again -- for the fifth consecutive year, the fantasy drama topped IMDb's list of the most popular television shows. It was joined by another major HBO production, "Westworld," which was listed as the fourth most-popular show behind "Stranger Things" (#2) and The Walking Dead (#3).

The women of Westeros also won big: Emilia Clarke, who plays Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen on "Game of Thrones," was second on the movie site's list of the top 100 actors and actresses of 2016. Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark in the bloody fantasy, was the 18th most-popular; Natalie Dormer, known to viewers as Queen Margaery Tyrell, came in at number 30; Carice van Houten, the Dutch actress who plays Red Priestess Melisandre, was slotted in at 53; and Lena Headey was named the 80th most popular star for her role as the mad Queen Cersei Lannister.

The success of Clarke, Turner and other female actresses underscores how "Game of Thrones" has become a cultural force -- the previously unknown actresses were ranked higher than major Hollywood stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Alicia Vikander and Blake Lively.

The only male "Game of Thrones" actor to make the cut was Kit Harington, who plays the heroic Jon Snow and came in at 94 on IMDb's list. Jason Mamoa made the list at number 78, but he hasn't appeared on the "Thrones" since its second season, and was a regular only for the show's first season.

Netflix, which has pivoted to producing more of its own original content, was rewarded for its efforts with three of the top 10 most popular shows of 2016, according to IMDb's list. The nostalgic hit "Stranger Things" was the year's second most-talked-about TV show, while prison drama "Orange Is The New Black" and comic book series "Daredevil" were also named to the top 10.

The lists are determined by user activity on IMDb -- users can rate shows, rate individual episodes, write reviews and participate on the site's message boards. As CBS noted, the list trends heavily toward premium scripted dramas, mostly from networks and services that rely on monthly subscriptions instead of commercials. Only one network show, The CW's "The Flash," made the list.

Sources: Internet Movie Database (2), CBS, Deadline / Photo credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO via WatchersOnTheWall

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