Ratings recover, back over 5 million
By Winter Is Coming on in News.

Joffrey and Sansa

The initial viewer number for this week’s episode of Game of Thrones has bounced back and topped the five million mark once again. 5.131 million viewers tuned in at 9 PM, garnering a 2.6 demo rating, making this past episode the third highest-rated episode in series history.

The 11 PM repeat added 980k viewers for a total of 6.11 million on the night.

Winter Is Coming: Good news. Hopefully the week delay won’t have a negative effect on the next episode’s numbers. Either way, I think that topping True Blood‘s all-time high of 5.53 million is still within reach.


82 Comments

  1. Kate
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Hodor

  2. Jonathan Loesche
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    I’ll say 5.4 million viewers for the next episode and 6.1 million for the finale

  3. Ahmed Hassan
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    How did Daario Naharis reach Danny’s Tent?
    Isnt it supposed to be guarded by Queen’s Guard
    Where was Barristan Selmy n Jorah?
    I didnt get this thing, otherwise it was a brilliant episode
    Love Tyrion

  4. Crozyr
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    With all the crazy stuff thats going to happen in episode 9 and given that 10 will be the finale, i find it really likely that episode 10 will top the 6 million

  5. Caravaggio
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Cannot wait for the ratings for the finale.

    I am totally expecting a sheer climb or a massive drop-off.

  6. Arthur
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    I think HBO will do some series promoting for the last 2 episodes after their Michael Douglas/Matt Damon movie.

    I’m thinking people will tune in and if D&D did things right, then the viewership will explode for the season finale.

  7. Chris
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    Ahmed Hassan:
    How did Daario Naharis reach Danny’s Tent?
    Isnt it supposed to be guarded by Queen’s Guard
    Where was Barristan Selmy n Jorah?

    I was thinking the same thing. “Nice work, Queen’s guard!”

  8. Shaun
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    I agree that it’ll reach 6 million for the finale… Although word of mouth about something crazyhappening next week may also cause a ratings spike.

  9. Selmy
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

    6 for finale? I reckon its possible considering the buzz ep 9 will cause.

  10. John
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    I think 6 million for the season finale is unlikely.I’m guessing it will be something between 5.4 – 5.7 million.

  11. martell lover
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.”

  12. Eugene Toussaint
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    If people knew what was coming (Red Wedding) the rating would probably reach the highest yet, but there is no way for people to know unless it get hinted or spoiled.

  13. ShadowStalker
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    If the show hits 5.5 million viewers for the next 2 episodes, the Season average will be over 5 million for the first views. Which would be higher than any season of True Blood.

  14. Joan Català
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    I think the two week wait will work favorably for Episode 9 ratings. Everyone will have more time to catch up and they will be eager for a new episode.

    I’m expecting Episode 9 to go beyond 5.5mil and set a new record for the series. After that Episode 10 will set another record. Possibly beyond the 6mil mark.

  15. Clob
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    I’m glad that HBO isn’t putting ep. 9 on HBO Go next Sunday. While we’ll all hate the extra week wait, but in this case, this specific episode, it’s best that we all have to.

  16. gosensgo
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Ahmed Hassan,

    he was dressed as an unsullied..

  17. greg
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Hey WiC hbo posted a new video about marriages

  18. Michael of his Name
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    I am wondering a while now, why dont they tease more on TV.
    Just one 30sec. “Coming up” Trailer and that´s it ? No exlusive prewiew like they do on other shows like: The Walking Dead

    Or am i missing some Videos ?

  19. Ahmed Hassan
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    gosensgo,

    I know he was dressed as Unsullied
    But there are 8000 Unsullied , not everyone has the permission to enter the Queen’s Tent .. and Daario just sneaked in ..

  20. WinWolf
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    oh no not again this ratings thread.. these comments make me vomit.

  21. Richard
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    Ahmed Hassan,

    hopefully he had his own Unsullied uniform, else there’s 7,999 of them and he has some explaining to do with Dany. Killing his two buddies is one thing, but one of her freed people, not so much.

  22. Richard
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    WinWolf:
    oh no not again this ratings thread.. these comments make me vomit.

    makes you wonder if it does more bad then good. We already know the show will go on for a few more seasons at least “unofficially” and HBO doesn’t care about ratings, just subscribers. There are a few shows on HBO that went down in the ratings each season yet they get greenlit anyway.

  23. Delta1212
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    John,

    I agree. I can see 6 million next season, especially after the episode bearing the synopsis Tyrion is asked to perform at the Royal Wedding when Joffrey chokes, but I think it would be a stretch this season.

  24. thisone
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    WinWolf:
    oh no not again this ratings thread.. these comments make me vomit.

    Makes me wonder why you keep coming back to read them. Easy solution: don’t.

  25. Juego de Tronos
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Great News!

  26. TimeforTravel
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Most people expect a rise in two weeks…

    Nonsense. A delay, even a 1 week delay has horrendous results with every show. People are dumb and think the season has ended, not tuning in next time. They should just broadcast the episode on memorial day. Episode 9 will definetely be the lowest of the season. The finale may not be the highest of the season either. (but will rise after episode 9)

  27. gosensgo
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Ahmed Hassan,

    my bad..
    true.. i guess a nit picking detail that probably doesnt mean much?

  28. Just a Random
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Is ep 9 airing Sunday outside of the US? If so I may have to avoid WiC for a week.

  29. Hawk
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    Ahmed Hassan,

    Ser Barristan has served under two dead monarchs thus far, he’s just trying to make a clean sweep of things…

  30. gisizzlah
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    As i see the pic in the post, it reminded of a sophie turner interview i read last night on vulture, where she talks about how it was the film that scene and of course the wedding….

    Hilarious stuff… check it out…

    http://www.vulture.com/2013/05/game-of-thrones-sophie-turner-interview.html

    … i apologize if this was posted already…

  31. Dogmayor
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Ahmed Hassan,

    He went in through the plot hole.

  32. biobi
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    Chris,

    I think this will be used as a partial excuse to exile a certain someone

  33. Mimsy
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Weddings on HBO will never be the same after GOT plows through the pending nuptials.

    I’m pleased to see the ratings are doing well.

  34. jim
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Dogmayor,

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah that is funny comments thats what im talking about, clever clever hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah i really like this comment. hhahahahahahahah

  35. WeirwoodTreeHugger
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    This is pretty good considering that Celebrity Apprentice final on a network channel only got 5.6 million. Not that HBO is really comparing their ratings to a network reality show. I just wanted to gloat because I hate Donald Trump so much.

  36. Michael
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    Knew they would bounce back. I’m hoping that HBO does a big marketing push for Ep. 9, just as they did ahead of the season’s start. I still stand by my prediction, of 6 for Ep. 9 & 10…

  37. Clob
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Remember Camelot starting its “run” roughly around the same time as GoT? I recall reading comments on random sites of people stating Camelot was better. Obvious to anyone that hasn’t dedicated their entire life to all things King Arthur it wasn’t even close. Cheese and terrible casting all over it and it struggled to maintain 800k as it rehashed an endlessly told (and tired) story …..
    sorry, not important to bring up. It just came to mind

  38. Jambo
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Richard:
    Ahmed Hassan,

    hopefully he had his own Unsullied uniform, else there’s 7,999 of them and he has some explaining to do with Dany. Killing his two buddies is one thing, but one of her freed people, not so much.

    Even Unsullied have to do laundry you know.

  39. Mike Chair
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    TWELVE.

    24 is coming back with 12 episodes. GoT should have 12.

  40. Maxie
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    I am worried that people will start hating the show after the RW.

    The finale will have huge ratings because people will want to see what’ happening next. But I really hope we get a very good fourth season.

  41. Pau
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Joan Català:
    I think the two week wait will work favorably for Episode 9 ratings. Everyone will have more time to catch up and they will be eager for a new episode.

    I’m expecting Episode 9 to go beyond 5.5mil and set a new record for the series. After that Episode 10 will set another record. Possibly beyond the 6mil mark.

    Good points but I don’t think we’ll reach the 6M mark. Let’s try to take down the True Blood record first ;)

    PS: Visca la terra company!

  42. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Maxie,

    The material left in King’s Landing and at the Wall for season 4 should make it a very compelling season. People who like more action will not be disappointed.

  43. TimeforTravel
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    Maxie:
    I am worried that people will start hating the show after the RW.

    The finale will have huge ratings because people will want to see what’ happening next. But I really hope we get a very good fourth season.

    People watch GoT because of unexpected twists and turns like the RW. It won’t ruin anything.

  44. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Pau,

    My hopes for the remaining episodes are:

    Episode 9: 5.6 million for the premier
    Episode 10: 6+ million for the premier

  45. DH87
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    TimeforTravel: People watch GoT because of unexpected twists and turns like the RW. It won’t ruin anything.

    I agree. There is no clear-cut fan favorite upon whom the show rests. Everyone is expendable. For most shows, that would be a two-edged sword but GOT will be fine so long as interesting new characters continue to be added.

  46. Conor
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Just a Random,

    Two week break in the UK also.

  47. sunspear
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Guess the lower ratings last week were more due to Mother’s day than we thought.

    TimeforTravel,

    This. Also, people don’t seem to like Robb and Catelyn as much as the other characters.

    On a side note, has anyone else been watching Family Tree? Because I’m loving it.

  48. WompWomp
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Richard,

    Hahaha, I love how you put that. Gave me a good chuckle.

    I like to think he yoinked the helmet of an off-duty Unsullied at the edges of the camp.

  49. Summer Is Coming
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    so it was mother’s day’ fault… if you would celebrate it on 8th of March, like I do, this wouldn’t have happened. :D
    for ep 9. the ratings will be around 5.4, givetake 0.1. for the finale 5.8-5.9, but I dont’ think it will cross the 6 mil mark. It’s quite a stretch considering at what point we started this season (4.3). It will be a rise of a million and a half… and that’s outstanding!
    Anyhow, this season of GoT is the most volatile yet, and it may surprise us, in one way… or another.

  50. Easteros bunny
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    I’m a bit sick of book fans giving away what is going to happen in episode 9.

    Every YouTube video has some silly comment that is a top comment about a wedding “i hear robbs favorite song is billy idols nice day for a red wedding”

    Bugger off with the spoilers, my friend has been nagging me about it “what happens in ep 9, what happens in ep 9?” All because book fans cannot keep their mouths shut, I’m some with this fandom.

  51. Family, Duty, Hodor
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    Easteros bunny,

    Says the guy who doesn’t even put his own post in spoiler tags…

    Don’t think that Mother’s Day was the sole reason for the decline last week – we’re still some way off the season high of 5.5 million.

  52. Ed
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Ahmed Hassan:
    How did Daario Naharis reach Danny’s Tent?
    Isnt it supposed to be guarded by Queen’s Guard
    Where was Barristan Selmy n Jorah?

    Best not to think too hard, methinks.

  53. J
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Anyone who follows these boards knows that I don’t pull punches when HBO swings and misses. That said, this episode was brilliant and it’s no wonder that the numbers will climb for the climatic finish to the season. Now, on a more sour note: the lame attempt to pass off Sophie Turner as 14 was truly cringe-worthy. Still, I’m not without hope… given the radical change in story arc for Gendry, there’s still a chance that Sansa will “sleep with the fishes” of Blackwater Bay.

  54. Family, Duty, Hodor
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    J:
    Now, on a more sour note:the lame attempt to pass off Sophie Turner as 14 was truly cringe-worthy.

    I don’t think even Tyrion fell for it!

    Great acting by her nevertheless.

  55. Shock Me Sane
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    S4 will easily premier to 6+m unless D&D completely mess up episode 9. And as it’s been the episode they decided to make the series for, I doubt they will. But man, I don’t want to watch it really. But I will.

  56. Greg
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    WinWolf:
    oh no not again this ratings thread.. these comments make me vomit.

    The exact number of viewers for an ep may not have any bearing, but long term trend of explosive growth is def interesting

  57. WildSeed
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    Kudos GoT ! And a hour long episode to boot *>*

  58. Nimic
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    J,

    She’s 17 (16 when it was filmed?), so it’s not completely preposterous. Mind you she grew up really fast since the beginning of the show.

  59. Chump Force 1
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    J:
    Now, on a more sour note:the lame attempt to pass off Sophie Turner as 14 was truly cringe-worthy.

    Its been a while since I read the books but I thought the Stark kids were aged up for the show…wasen’t Sansa 13 or 14 in the books…I thought she was supposed to be 16 or 17 on the show?

  60. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    Chump Force 1,

    When Sophie Turner was cast she was only 13-14. The problem is that only a little over a year has passed in the show.

  61. Julie
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    I’m thinking the sell sword got past the guards because he was from Bravos like Jaquen from last season.

  62. Daniela
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    Chump Force 1,

    You are right that the characters were aged up for the show, but you have her book age wrong. In the books, Sansa is 13 on her wedding day (she was 11 at the beginning of the book series), while in the show she’s 14 on her wedding day (but almost 15 I think) and was 13 on episode one of the first season (Cercei asked whether she had flowered and commented on what a tall 13 year old she was).

    As for Sophie Turner, she’s 17 now, so she must have been 16 when they filmed. It’s not unreasonable really.

  63. SergioCQH
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    DH87: I agree. There is no clear-cut fan favorite upon whom the show rests. Everyone is expendable. For most shows, that would be a two-edged sword but GOT will be fine so long as interesting new characters continue to be added.

    There certainly is a clear-cut fan favorite, and that is Daenerys. Whenever an episode goes by without her and her dragons making an appearance, there are a lot of complaints.

  64. easteros bunny
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 1:47 am | Permalink

    Family, Duty, Hodor,

    “she” don’t assume everyone on the internet is male.

  65. Jenny
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 1:59 am | Permalink

    I think you don’t really know 14 year olds. Some of them look so grown up it’s amazing, especially since for some reasons they get womanly bodies much earlier today (and maybe hormone enhanced dairy was a thing in Westeros)

  66. bela
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 3:20 am | Permalink

    SergioCQH,

    Daenerys was absent from “The Climb and the episode was a series-record with 5.5 million.

  67. Ser Tahu
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 4:25 am | Permalink

    bela,

    Irrelevant. The quality or content of an episode will have no impact on its own ratings, it will impact the ratings of the following episode. And did you not notice the drop of 0.65 million viewers in the week following that episode?

  68. Family, Duty, Hodor
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    easteros bunny,

    I just found your hypocrisy amusing.

    Fortunately a site runner came along and edited spoiler tags into your post.

  69. Zack
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    Ser Tahu,

    So explain episode 8 ratings then, since this entire site was so critical of 7.

  70. freoduwebbe
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Summer Is Coming: so it was mother’s day’ fault… if you would celebrate it on 8th of March, like I do, this wouldn’t have happened. :DP>

    Actually its not Mothers day…the break is Memorial Day – to honor the soldiers who have died. So we all go out picnic, party and watch fireworks and hear the 1812 overture (which has ZERO to do with the US- but it sounds great to fireworks) – and celebrate all the freedoms they won for us. And its when SUMMER STARTS and we can wear our white shoes again (showing my age).

    I can see why HBO wouldn’t want to skew the ratings lower since that happened on both prior seasons…. by skipping that week, they’ll get a more regular curve out of the season.

  71. jasonw
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Zack:
    Ser Tahu,

    So explain episode 8 ratings then, since this entire site was so critical of 7.

    No that is what he is saying.
    “The quality or content of an episode… will impact the ratings of the following episode”

  72. Colin
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    I was in that scene as a King’s Landing Nobleman. Fun to work on but set was freezing!. Great battle scene coming up soon so stay tuned ;-)

  73. Iron Born
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    TimeforTravel,

    Agreed…people are mostly sheep..the break is a bad idea

  74. Zack
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    jasonw,

    You misunderstand. Everybody hated on episodes 6 and 7. After the poor reaction to 6, people said it was unsurprising that 7’s ratings weren’t as good, and that since they also didn’t like 7, they expected a further decline for 8’s ratings.

    But 8’s ratings increased. Doesn’t that destroy the logic of ‘It’s the episode from the previous week that determines ratings’? Or perhaps it is just that the reaction among the book-readers here was simply decidedly more negative than the viewing audience in general.

  75. Iron Born
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    I’m a sullied and I terrorize the unsullied when they ask to be sullied by littering them with outrageous lies I have people thinking that in ep 9 there will be alien abductions.hey if there are dragons there could be aliens.right?

  76. Family, Duty, Hodor
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Zack,

    The argument would be that Episode 7 had really low numbers because of a weak previous episode AND mother’s day. Episode 8 had higher numbers than episode 7 because it wasn’t mother’s day. However, because of the weak episode 7 it had 0.4 million less viewers than episode 6 did.

    This argument is perfectly logical albeit we don’t have enough evidence to know if it’s correct or not.

  77. Joan Català
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Pau,

    Lliure!

  78. Jentario
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Zack:
    jasonw,

    You misunderstand. Everybody hated on episodes 6 and 7. After the poor reaction to 6, people said it was unsurprising that 7′s ratings weren’t as good, and that since they also didn’t like 7, they expected a further decline for 8′s ratings.

    But 8′s ratings increased. Doesn’t that destroy the logic of ‘It’s the episode from the previous week that determines ratings’? Or perhaps it is just that the reaction among the book-readers here was simply decidedly more negative than the viewing audience in general.

    Probably. And some non-readers actually thought episode 8 was slow, which blows my mind since pretty much every scene in episode 8 was fantastic and they were much more fluid and organized than in 7. Also, it seemed like a lot more happened than the last couple of episodes.

  79. Zack
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Family, Duty, Hodor,

    I don’t think it makes any sense whatsoever to just assume that given 10 perfectly good episodes a year, ratings charts should resemble an ascending staircase. Charts for popular shows more often resemble lightning bolts. We don’t live in a world where people consistently are able to say “I’m definitely going to be able to be there at this time to watch this show live,” and in an era of DVR and HBO Go, people are not afraid to live their lives and come to episodes on their own time.

    Episode 6 was Mother’s Day.

    Episode 7 is one of those inevitable blips.

  80. Family, Duty, Hodor
    Posted May 24, 2013 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    Zack,

    Episode 7 was Mother’s day, not Episode 6. Presumably you mean “Episode 8 is one of those inevitable blips” – but that is not an explanation of anything. Why is it inevitable?

    Ultimately the ratings of Episode 8 are entirely consistent with the hypothesis that momentum was lost in episodes 6 and 7 of the show. Is there proof? No, of course not. But people suggesting that Mothers Day was the sole significant factor for Episode 7 are not supported by the evidence.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_of_Thrones_(season_3)#Ratings

  81. Jay Battles
    Posted May 24, 2013 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    I wonder how many people who have to DVR it don’t count in the ratings? It has to be several more million.


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