With some delay, here is the graphic representation of the ratings numbers over the course of the first three seasons, compared to a handful of other successful premium cable shows. Click to enlarge.
As has always been the practice, please note the following:
All viewer numbers refer to the first airing only, and that the graphs of longer seasons have been scaled to correspond to the 10-episode run of GoT.
The most important metric is of course that of total viewership, where GoT has already taken the lead among current shows (second only to The Sopranos), as we reported three weeks ago. But for those who like numbers, here are some more ways of looking at those shown above:
True Blood still holds one over Thrones in terms of record ratings for the first airing by the smallest of margins (5.53 vs 5.50 million), set during its fourth season. S3 and S4 of True Blood both had an average of 5 million viewers (the number dropped subsequently), and GoT reached that same average this year as well. I guess these are the two numbers we can look forward to breaking next year. We will surely keep ourselves entertained by speculations as to if and when the 6 million mark will be broken, and if the show can add another million to its total viewership and be crowned the most watched HBO show of all times. Sound off in the comments.