Game of Thrones crosses the 7 million mark with record ratings from “First of His Name”
By Lightbringer on in News.

The viewership numbers are in for this week’s Game of Thrones episode, and they were well worth the wait. TV By The Numbers is reporting that the initial airing of “First of His Name” was seen by 7.155 million, while James Hibberd adds that by the end of the night that number rose to 8.6 million. This easily breaks last week’s record of 6.9 million, and of course marks the first time Game of Thrones has crossed the 7 million mark!

Hibberd also reports that Game of Thrones Season 4 is averaging 17.8 million viewers across all platforms, up 25 percent from last year. Expect a follow up on all things numbers for the first half of Season 4 from Hear Me Roar.


84 Comments

  1. bristol
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    Yay! This season has completely deserved it. The quality has been insane!

  2. bristol
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    BTW, obligatory Hodor! Can’t believe I got it in my first time posting! Long time lurker, but glad to join this community.

  3. Diego
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Impressive! HBO must be really happy.

  4. Delta1212
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    I’ve got to say, I’m pleasantly surprised by the upward consistency so far. I was expecting viewership to flatten out a bit more than it has by this point with any remaining jumps being between seasons. I didn’t think 7.5 million would be a feasible high water mark for the season when the first episode aired, and while I still don’t think 8 million will happen this season, I never expected to be in a position where saying that wouldn’t be a random non-sequitur on the level of “I don’t expect aliens to invade this week.”

  5. Veltigar
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    That’s more than the Sopranos right? Calling Geekfurious or Hear me Roar for answers!

    I’d like twelve words on my tombstone: what if D&D had the sense to cast Mads Mikkelsen as Euron.

  6. Winter
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    17.8 million across all platforms. 17.8 MILLION.

    That blows away The Sopranos‘ fifth season, which garnered 14.4 million per episode, and officially makes Game of Thrones the most watched HBO show ever. Wow.

  7. kyle
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    8 million seems like a possibility now for this season considering all the crazy shit still in store..

    GoT is a juggernaut! There will be plenty of money for gigantic dragons now.

  8. Hear Me Roar
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    Veltigar,

    Yes (if you’re referring to the average). Breakdown to come alongside an updated graph :)

  9. spacechampion
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Interesting. 17.8 million is about 5.6% of the entire U.S. population. But is this really the number of viewers not the number of TVs and computers? Seems like large numbers of people watch with other people.

  10. Ser Davos Seaworth
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Winter,

    i pay the iron price to watch all the episodes (i buy the blue rays to compensate) but i think if you included the number of torrenters and streamers the total viewing number could possibly DOUBLE

  11. Valyrian Walker
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    who-door… that’s really impressive numbers.

    wow… these numbers are till 5th episode, the most exciting scenes are still to come in the next 5 episodes.

  12. Billllay
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    i REALLY hope GRRM dedicates at least 1 chapter in his next book to the point of view of Hodor.
    Lol, that would be hilarious. Gotta love the Giant-man. I love how he writes his chapters, always from different point o views… never from Hodor’s though :(

  13. jentario
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    spacechampion,

    Yes. Most people watch in parties. If I’d have to guess I’d say the average would be around three people per view. GOT is much more of a group experience than other shows.

    Though to be honest, it doesn’t really matter to HBO since they don’t get paid for it :p

  14. Delta1212
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Joffrey’s dead! Jaime and Cersei’s sex scene was changed to a rape! The show is spoiling the books!

    I’ll give them this, they’ve managed to hit some point of excitement/controversy in almost every episode thus far. Considering how much social media has been buzzing this season for one reason or another, perhaps I shouldn’t be as surprised by this as I was.

  15. Delta1212
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    jentario,

    Nielsen ratings are (nominally) counting the number of viewers, not just the number of TVs tuned in to the show.

  16. jentario
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Valyrian Walker,

    Awesome is coming next week and especially in the upcoming 8910. I think we can achieve 8- will I bet on it? No, but I was actually foolish enough to think this season would cap at 6.4 million (my estimate) and that number was beaten in the premiere. So all in all- who the hell knows?!

  17. Winter
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Ser Davos Seaworth, oh, for sure. The total audience is much, much larger when you factor in pirating, HBO GO sharing, and international markets. But to get an official number from HBO that essentially confirms GoT as the most watched show on their network is a big deal.

  18. jentario
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Delta1212,

    Really? How does that work?

  19. Delta1212
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Hear Me Roar,

    Well the average this season seems well above even the high point for Sopranos, although they didn’t have the benefit of On Demand and the like.

    I’ll be officially excited when (if? when-ish.) the same night viewership surpasses that of Sopranos. Still cool the show is most watched, though.

  20. Hollyoak
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    What channel is GoT on in London? I’m here on holiday from the States and may be able to catch the latest episode in the hotel. They have Sky1 and Sky Atlantic.

    Thanks.

  21. Tatters
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Delta1212,

    How do they count how many people are in a living room?

  22. Valyrian Walker
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    jentario,

    episode 7 (Mockingbird) could very well be a strong episode like coming 8th 9th and 10th

  23. Jack Bauer
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    The Nielsen ratings only count the number of tvs and it’s ridiculous you think they can count total viewers… Do they send out a census asking how many people watch at their place?

  24. Alice
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    Hollyoak,

    Sky Atlantic.

  25. LordSnow
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Hollyoak,

    Sky Atlantic, 9pm, Mondays!

  26. Silver of Wyman
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    See that HBO. 7 seasons blah! The fans want more seasons, GRRM wants more time and you want more viewers. The only people who want 7 seasons are David Benioff and Dan Weiss (probably because they’re tired of making the show). “We have to think about the kids heights…” BS that they’re giving is… well BS. Bran doesn’t use his legs, Maisie’s growth has most likely stopped as well as Sophie’s. The other kids are irrelevant compared to them. HBO you own a gold mine, and D&D are planning on giving you the bare bones version of the story. Don’t let them and give us 9 seasons!

  27. Johan Sporre
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    The same type of impressive growth as last year. 17.8 million for the total average is huge!

  28. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    GoT is ramping up nicely this season! Very impressive for mid-season episodes. Now if FS can scale Wic.net accordingly to accommodate the traffic and expected functionality to create a seamless experience…

  29. Delta1212
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Jack Bauer,

    Yes.

    Nielsen uses a sampling method. They can’t detect what every TV in the country is set to, so they use a subset of something like 25k households (it varies by year, I believe). Those TVs frequently do have a monitoring device to see what is being watched, and the people involved are also asked to keep diaries of viewing habits. Based on that, they extrapolate the total number of viewers across the country.

    It’s not a record of exactly how many TV sets are actually turned on and set to the channel. Nobody has that.

  30. Ice & Fire Walk with Me
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Silver of Wyman,

    Wow. Even when the outlook is great, folks still find something to blame/pin on D&D.

  31. LysaArrynofchairs
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Is GOT the most watched show(drama/fantasy) of all time? not just for HBO but in general..

  32. Mimsy
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    GOT has officially reached the 7 hells of all ratings!

    In a way, this seasons success doesn’t surprise me (this part of the books was like a roller coaster for me… such fun!), but still this is amazing growth for one season.

  33. Delta1212
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    LysaArrynofchairs,

    Not sure about fantasy, but for dramas, not even close. The lead this week on network television was NCIS with 17.25 million for its single showing.

    Until the Super Bowl finale surpassed it a couple years ago, the series finale of MASH was the record holder for TV ratings with over 105 million viewers.

    Game of Thrones is among the most popular shows on television right now, but it’s not quite up to smashing all-time viewership records for the medium in general.

  34. Delta1212
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Delta1212,

    *finally

  35. The Bastard
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    8 Million? 9 Million? 10 Million?

    When will it end? I am shocked it ever made it to 7 Million. If the show can continue it’s momentum and finish off after 7 seasons, I could see the Series Finale reaching 10 Million.

  36. Arthur
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Are these numbers real?

    I didn’t think it possible for a premium cable network channel to pull in these kind of ratings.

    This is just incredible.

  37. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    And to think, many people thought the Red Wedding would lead to a loss in viewership. I said all along that it would, in fact, create many more viewers than it would lose. Looks like I was right. 17.8 fucking million!?!? Ho-lee shitballs!

  38. Mimsy
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Hear Me Roar: Breakdown to come alongside an updated graph :)

    I approve. I’m ready for a pretty chart!

  39. The Bastard
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Silver of Wyman,

    Please no more then 7 seasons. Go out with a bang, not on a down note.

    This season is already going into AFFC & ADWD. All 5 published books will be done by the end of next season, with likely some parts of TWOW being part of season 5.

    That leaves 2 seasons to do less then 2 books. At most they might have to increase the number of episodes of season 7. There is no way they will get close to 9 seasons and they won’t be taking a break.

  40. Tatters
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    The Bastard,

    They will make their own story, that is whats going to happen.

  41. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Delta1212,

    You can’t compare an HBO show to a network show. HBO is available in only 30-35 million homes in the US. A network like CBS is available for free, over the air. So it is available in every home with a TV and antenna/cable/satellite.

  42. Silver of Wyman
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    The Bastard,

    I’m pretty sure that by the time Season 5 has ended there will still be some FFC and DWD material to be used like: Sam entering Oldtown (too expensive to have a new as huge as Oldtown for just a scene or two. Plus Aemon’s death is a nice last scene for Sam) and some Arya stuff. However they will also need to have either the Battle of Winterfell or the battle of Meereen as a finale since having both of them in season 6 would be a budget buster. That said they’ll have two seasons to adapt two 1000 page books, and they already made SoS into two seasons. It’s doable in 8 seasons, but with 7 no way.

  43. Clob
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    LysaArrynofchairs: Is GOT the most watched show(drama/fantasy) of all time? not just for HBO but in general..

    If we consider GoT as high fantasy there haven’t been many series to compare. Legend of the Seeker is just about the only one that comes to mind. That wasn’t even close to this success (or quality of course). I think it hovered around 1 million viewers. We can broaden the range to include the most similar series and we get shows like Camelot, Vikings, Da Vinci’s Demons perhaps. There are probably some more but I think Vikings is probably doing the next best in numbers at around 3.4 million. I think Da Vinci’s has been doing around 2.5 or so. Camelot averaged around 1 million for its one season. Even though I do believe Vikings is a well done show, I still think it has done better than it would have because of GoT’s success.

    Whatever the case, GoT blows everything away in social media.

  44. jentario
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    The Bastard,

    8 would have been perfect, though. 4 seasons for the first three books, 4 for the last 4 (mostly). It’s safe to assume that the upcoming two books will be action packed, perhaps just as much as ASOS which makes going for little over 3 seasons a bit questionable. Going the Breaking Bad way and adding more episodes for the last season would be great, though. 16 episodes- maybe two 8 episode half-seasons.

    And to those wondering: it’s safe to assume that the main reason D&D aim for 7 seasons is recontracting issues. The actors are supposedly only contracted for six seasons and a seventh on the table, but an eighth would require recontracting. A lot of actors would then want more money, and for a show with such a big cast and such big production budgets- it could kill the show.

  45. andy smith
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Billllay:
    i REALLY hope GRRM dedicates at least 1 chapter in his next book to the point of view of Hodor.
    Lol, that would be hilarious. Gotta love the Giant-man. I love how he writes his chapters, always from different point o views… never from Hodor’s though :(

    There was a book on amazon taken from hodors pov ,it was literally pages and pages of hodorhodorhodor , you get the idea

  46. Delta1212
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap,

    I was responding to the question of whether it’s the most watched show of all time. That’s difficult to answer without comparing it to network television.

  47. Silver of Wyman
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    jentario,

    IMO making seasons 5 and 6 into 13(ish) episode long seasons and splitting season 7 in half could solve the problem. Best we can do is keep watching via non pirated ways and buy the DVDs/blu-rays so that HBO will continue the show.

  48. Abyss
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Winter:
    17.8 million across all platforms. 17.8 MILLION.
    That blows away The Sopranos‘ fifth season, which garnered 14.4 million per episode, and officially makes Game of Thrones the most watched HBO show ever. Wow.

    But the 14.4 million for the “The Sopranos” were for the first airing, weren’t they?
    Anyway, mind blowing numbers!

  49. jentario
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Abyss,

    I think the finale got 11 million and the overall week average got 14 million

  50. Arthur
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Well the good news is…

    D&D have firm ground to stand on when asking for budget increases to support the CGI scenes of the growing dragons and huge scale battles to come.

    And OMG!!!

    D&D can ask for a huge CGI budget increase for the upcoming pit scene when Dany stares down Drogon before mounting him and flying off for the first time!

    D&D cab get whatever they ask for, within reason now as far as budget increases for this scene abs that scene.

    When Dany starts flying on these dragons the CGI budget will go through the roof, if they want it to look movie quality and not cheesy, so these all these success measurements factor in, and IMO I think D&D will get what they want now

  51. jentario
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Arthur,

    Hopefully they will give Dany some sexy black/red dragon armor when she heads into battle on dragonback

  52. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Arthur:
    D&D can ask for a huge CGI budget increase for the upcoming pit scene when Dany stares down Drogon before mounting him and flying off for the first time!

    I am especially looking forward to that scene as well. Drogon’s angry fire barely misses her but should singe off all her hair. Bald Dany facing down and riding Drogon will be epic!

    Oh, btw, single page comment threads are back! Yay!

  53. Arthur
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    jentario,

    Haha I would LOVE to see Dany in some sexy ceremonial battle armor but so many Throners would see it as tacky…

    Shit, I say if you’re going to do it, do it, don’t halfass shit. Put Dany in that armor! =]

  54. TheMannis
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    This is AMAZING news!

    I now have my ENTIRE family hooked on this show!

    & Alf too!

  55. mariamb
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Excellent news! This season has been terrific and there is still so much yet to come.

  56. Longmont
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Jack Bauer,

    Wow. You are both a jerk AND wrong. Hint for the future: make sure you are right before acting like an ass. :)

  57. dizzy
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Look at our “little” show go.

  58. House Mormont
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    17.8 MILLION??? Doesn’t that make GoT the most watched premium cable show ever? I mean I’m British so tell me if I’m wrong but the premium channels are HBO and Showtime and no one watches Showtime right?

  59. brightroar
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    every episode will get better so far. we are only half way through i expect episodes 8 and 9 to shatter any tv ratings.

  60. The Bastard
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    jentario:
    The Bastard,

    8 would have been perfect, though. 4 seasons for the first three books, 4 for the last 4 (mostly). It’s safe to assume that the upcoming two books will be action packed, perhaps just as much as ASOS which makes going for little over 3 seasons a bit questionable. Going the Breaking Bad way and adding more episodes for the last season would be great, though. 16 episodes- maybe two 8 episode half-seasons.

    And to those wondering: it’s safe to assume that the main reason D&D aim for 7 seasons is recontracting issues. The actors are supposedly only contracted for six seasons and a seventh on the table, but an eighth would require recontracting. A lot of actors would then want more money, and for a show with such a big cast and such big production budgets- it could kill the show.

    If you look at AFFC & ADWD as one book (they take place at the same time), there are 6 books in the series. They are doing about 3.5 of them in 4 seasons. Leaving them with about 2.5 left over the next 3 seasons.

    7 will be enough. They know the entire story and with that information they have said 7 seasons.

  61. jentario
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    The Bastard,

    You honestly think they’re doing half of AFFC and ADWD in season 4? They aren’t. They really aren’t. More like 10% honestly. Maybe less. A lot more is just original/expanded material

  62. Mike
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Jack Bauer:
    The Nielsen ratings only count the number of tvs and it’s ridiculous you think they can count total viewers… Do they send out a census asking how many people watch at their place?

    Well, yes. That’s exactly what they do. How else would they do it?

  63. Mike
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    House Mormont:
    17.8 MILLION??? Doesn’t that make GoT the most watched premium cable show ever? I mean I’m British so tell me if I’m wrong but the premium channels are HBO and Showtime and no one watches Showtime right?

    Showtime is relatively popular (maybe about 50% of HBO’s numbers overall). Less popular premium channels in the US include CineMax, Encore, and Stars.

  64. Clob
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    House Mormont: 17.8 MILLION??? Doesn’t that make GoT the most watched premium cable show ever? I mean I’m British so tell me if I’m wrong but the premium channels are HBO and Showtime and no one watches Showtime right?

    I have HBO, Showtime, Starz and Cinemax for premium channels. None of the shows I watch are that close to GoT in numbers.
    On Showtime I watch Shameless, Homeland (sort of – got behind because it’s gotten stale), Californication, and Episodes.
    On Starz I watch Da Vinci’s Demons. Quit Black Sails after a few episodes.
    I hardly ever watch anything on Cinemax, never any series.

  65. Sunfyre
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Splitting season 7 in two and airing them a year apart seems a likely compromise. In that case we’d essentially get our 8 seasons and HBO would be able to avoid the De Havilland law renegotiations.

  66. The Bastard
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    jentario:
    The Bastard,

    You honestly think they’re doing half of AFFC and ADWD in season 4? They aren’t. They really aren’t. More like 10% honestly. Maybe less. A lot more is just original/expanded material

    Yes I do. When you look at what is actually filmable in AFFC & ADWD, they have about half of it left.

    There are many chapters of Cersei or Jaime’s thoughts. Those things won’t be in the show.

  67. Tatters
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    The Bastard,

    I have yet to see any FFC and DWD material,
    And they are sparing a little SOS for season 5.

  68. jentario
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    The Bastard,

    That’s still not half. It’s about two Dany chapters, two Theon chapters and two Bran chapters from ADWD plus Brienne (which could go all the way, with some scenes delayed till season 5). That still leaves Tyrion and Jon and Cersei (which is the bulk of these two books, and none of their material makes it into season 4) and Jamie and Arya and Sansa and 5 Theon chapters and 8 Dany chapters and Dorne and the Iron Islands and what have you. Far from half. Much less.

  69. StrokemeMarg
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    WoW! Congrats to D&D, HBO, the cast and crew, they rightfully deserve the honor of becoming HBO’s most watched program ever besides being in my opinion one of the five greatest shows in television history.
    …but…if the show delves to long in Meereen, the casual viewers who are fans of Dany’s story might start tuning off. D&D and the writers will need to loosely (very loosely) adapt that part of the saga, because it was the absolutely most boring and anemic part. Especially book Dany reverting back to an immature teenage girl easily manipulated, like she never learned anything the past few years.

  70. Khal-A-Bunga
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Clob,

    You’re missing out on Strike Back and Banshee, both from Cinemax. They also have an upcoming series from Steven Soderbergh with Clive Owen starring that should be good. Definitely a better line-up than what Starz has currently.

  71. Abyss
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Sunfyre,

    I really wonder if HBO cares that much about the seven years clause at this point. GOT is by far their biggest cash cow, I think they would be ok with giving some of the actors more money to keep the show going, even if it is quite a lot.
    Btw, I don’t have a law degree, but from my understanding having a 7.1 and a 7.2 season one year apart wouldn’t save HBO from the De Havilland Law, because it concerns the number of years not seasons an actor has been employed.

  72. King DBC
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Yesterday I went to this sites archives out if interests sake. People were so sceptical this would work, whether fans would take kindly to Ned Stark getting executed, because really, what show has had the balls to do that before. And then to even top that with the Red Wedding. When rumors circulated that Sean Bean would play Ned, people didn’t believe it because it was too good to be true. Same when Lena Headey was cast. When they cast Peter Dinklage fans were ecstatic. When they cast Michelle Fairley, they lost it a bit and are now eating their words. As a fan, I am grateful ASOIAF has found its home at HBO and I’m glad they took the risk of putting all that money and resources into it, because it’s really paid off and if they’d done this half-assed, it wouldn’t be anywhere near as good and emmersing and exciting as it is. Well done D&D and HBO.

  73. JamesL
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Arthur,

    Even with good CGI the dragon riding will look cheesy. It seems a bit too fantastical for this show. I was hoping GRRM would find a way around that and never actually have the characters riding around on dragons.

  74. jentario
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    JamesL,

    On the flipside, potential dragon-back battle scenes could be really awesome to read. It will be hard for the show, but they have creative minds there and I’m sure someone like Alex Graves could pull it off.

  75. WompWomp
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    King DBC,

    And it was one hell of a gamble. No one knew it would take off the way it has. No one. When even excellent entertainment is seldom met with both critical and commerical success, I’m glad HBO is reaping the glory for betting on such a rare horse.

  76. Greatjon of Slumber
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    Winter:
    17.8 million across all platforms. 17.8 MILLION.

    That blows away The Sopranos‘ fifth season, which garnered 14.4 million per episode, and officially makes Game of Thrones the most watched HBO show ever. Wow.

    Not just that. It’s pretty close to surpassing Walking Dead, which is on a network that reaches so many more homes.

  77. Ben
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Lebron weighs in how many million we’ll see:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrqXDEPu6v8

  78. ace
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 6:33 pm | Permalink
  79. Zack
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Fucking epic.

    Enjoy that champagne, HBO.

    So 7.5 mil for the finale then? 8 mil? Damn.

    Because you -know- the last three episodes this year are going to be seriously talked about.

  80. Tatters
    Posted May 7, 2014 at 1:39 am | Permalink

    Greatjon of Slumber,

    Wd is at 21, but not for long.

  81. Isabelle
    Posted May 7, 2014 at 5:36 am | Permalink

    Mother of dragons. That’s incredible. D&D had better be getting a handsome Christmas bonus.

    What have the numbers been like for WiC.net this season? Any noticeable or significant differences in page views, etc, compared to this time last year?

    Hodor’s Bastard: Now if FS can scale Wic.net accordingly to accommodate the traffic and expected functionality to create a seamless experience…

    Yeah, I’d be really interested to see quantitatively if the changes to the site have also had an impact. If it’s possible, numbers please! : )

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