Mockingbird sends Game of Thrones to record heights
By Hear Me Roar on in News.

LF and Lysa
This week we have it hot and straight from HBO, like wolf bread. For the fourth time this season, a new series high record has been set this Sunday. 7.2 million people have watched Game of Thrones as it first aired, and the combined number for the night reached 8.5 million. (We will get some more details tomorrow to see how the exact numbers relate to the previous record of 7.16m).

Mothers must have really felt the love last week! Hehe. Also, Dinklage for all the Emmys. After the cliffhangers this week, and a break until next episode, I can see the record getting broken again in two weeks. My, oh my.


42 Comments

  1. Khal-A-Bunga
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Schmodor. Another series high!

  2. Alan Lovejoy
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic! I’ll “second” that motion :-)

  3. NewJeffCT
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    wow – I hope the increased ratings mean an increased budget over the next few seasons…

  4. Vyse
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Awesome news, just love that the show just keeps growing!

  5. GeekFurious
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    So the show is likely going to hit 20 million total views per episode next season.

    Insane.

  6. Kay
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Comcast has been rolling out an incredible deal to its subscribers. Get two premium channels for an extra $2 a month for 24 months!! I am certain that a host of Comcast subscribers who did not have HBO just signed on. I was expecting a huge increase in viewership.

  7. Khal-A-Bunga
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    With the way this season will wrap up, I’m thinking that the season five premiere is going to open with some pretty staggering numbers.

    Also, somewhat off-topic and theoretical, but given the huge success of the show this year, I don’t think it would be outside the realm of possibility to see the fifth season get an extended episode order.

    Working the majority of AFfC & ADwD into one ten episode season is a tall order, even with all of the material from those two books we’ve seen and will continue to see in this coming season. With True Blood ending this season, it isn’t outside the realm of possibility that Game of Thrones could be moved into the former shows summer scheduling spot (how’s that for alliteration?).

    Since a second season for True Detective is all but confirmed at this point, I could see things playing out like this…

    Open (a new show from Ryan Murphy)
    Girls
    Looking

    Open the year with three programs that provide better synergy than how it worked out this year. Also, since the second season of True Detective is still in the writing stage, it doesn’t seem likely that it would be finished in time to take its place as their opening drama for 2015.

    True Detective
    Silicon Valley
    Veep

    Game of Thrones
    The Leftovers

    That would give the production an extra 2-3 months of time, which would allow for 2-3 additional episodes (since we know that each episode takes approximately 18 days to shoot).

    Just a pipe dream, most likely, but certainly not outside the realms of possibility or plausibility.

  8. snow
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    considering that a lot of hbo subscribers and viewers of GOT watch the show in big groups the number of actual viewers is huge. Not to mention piracy…damn

  9. Turncloak
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Will the show reach 8million by the finale!?

  10. kyle
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Turncloak:
    Will the show reach 8million by the finale!?

    I think so. These last three episodes will all be ‘blackwater’ type bonanzas.

  11. Delta1212
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    snow,

    Once again, Nielsen ratings are a statistical estimate of viewers, not a measurement of how many TVs are tuned to HBO during the show’s timeslot. Whether a person is watching by themselves or as part of a group doesn’t change their representation in the stats.

  12. Make it sow
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    hands down, tonight’s episode was best ever. Hands-Down.

  13. snow
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Delta1212,

    and how exactly do they get these stats?

  14. King Tommen
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    The more the ratings climb, the tougher it’s going to be for HBO to resist the temptation to go to D&D with a plan for more than 7 seasons or at the very least an extended final season broken into 2 parts.

    This is a cash cow for HBO and is going to very shortly take the crown from the Sopranos (another show that split up its final season) as the most watched HBO show of all time.

    They’ve launched shows like Silicon Valley and Veep (and even Jon Oliver’s new show) off of GoT and they can base their entire marketing campaign on subscriptions around this one property, which is a pretty unique position.

    If I’m D&D, I’m asking for the moon in terms of future budgeting and resources. They have all the leverage at this point.

  15. King Stannis
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    These next two weeks will be looooong for the next episode. Now my watch begins……

  16. Hear Me Roar
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    GeekFurious,

    I think that’s bound to happen already this season. The average number cannot go down unless fewer people watch the back episodes (which won’t happen), and there will still be more views added to the old episodes.

  17. jentario
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Cool. Also, the episode was great. A lot better than last season’s transition episode.

  18. Huck
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    Delta1212:
    snow,

    Once again, Nielsen ratings are a statistical estimate of viewers, not a measurement of how many TVs are tuned to HBO during the show’s timeslot. Whether a person is watching by themselves or as part of a group doesn’t change their representation in the stats.

    The Nielsen process is not quite as straightforward as one might expect and involves both viewer diaries (!) and different kinds of boxes attached to select household TVs; in some of these cases, people are asked to let Nielsen know how many people watched with them:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nielsen_ratings

  19. Delta1212
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    snow,

    See above ^

  20. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    Totally deserved. More direwolves and BwB action please.

  21. StrokemeMarg
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    WoW! the avalanche for the season’s final three episodes opens with a shock and awe, HBO execs, you are now forewarned to order D&D to proceed with twelve (12) episode seasons forthwith, with both the premiere and finale’s to be double length wonders of awesomeness. We the fans expect extension of D&D planned seven season run to a minimum of eight seasons. Peace!

  22. Turncloak
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    StrokemeMarg,

    I think season 5 can benefit from having two 6 episode halves. Since D&D have stated that filming more than 10 episodes a season is physically impossible I wonder if they can do this instead. With 2 books to cover and a lot of plot lines they want to get to, I think this is their best option

  23. The Bastard
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    These ratings are only a piece of the pie. International viewership numbers and merchandise numbers are just as important. Not to mention the positive buzz it creates for HBO.

    This show has become a juggernaut.

    For the people saying they want to see more episodes then the 70 planned…. I could see them increasing it to a maximum of 80 episodes in some capacity. I see no way they do more then 80 episodes. I think fans are going to be shocked with how fast they go through AFFC & ADWD material. A lot of that stuff is internal struggles that are not good for TV. Perhaps a few story lines might even be cut.

    In a perfect world we would get 7 full seasons (70 episodes) and then two 2.5 hour HBO movies to finish the series.

  24. The Bastard
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    Turncloak:
    StrokemeMarg,

    I think season 5 can benefit from having two 6 episode halves. Since D&D have stated that filming more than 10 episodes a season is physically impossible I wonder if they can do this instead. With 2 books to cover and a lot of plot lines they want to get to, I think this is their best option

    I don’t like that idea. 10 episodes at a time has worked wonderfully for them so far. Why change it?

    Books 4 and 5 have mostly filler then won’t be filmed. And a few new characters who probably won’t make it to the show. They just can’t add too many more story lines.

  25. Valaquen
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    Even longer premieres and finales would be a nice reward.

  26. Turncloak
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    The Bastard,

    I have to disagree with you here. Aegon is a major force in westeros as he has now taken storms end. He will with out a doubt make it to the screen especially since he interacts with Tyrion and Aegon is Vary’s whole point for existing. Dorne has already been teased and we can pretty much guarantee their arc to begin next season especially after the trial by combat fallout, the Greyjoys are fighting in Mereen and many speculate that Euron will capture Dany and will be the husband she “dreads”. This may be a story like to get rid of but I doubt they will. D&D love Theon’s arc so we will get more of that. The only scenes I’m confident they will be chopping are Brienne’s track through the woods which has already begun this season and maybe Quentyn “barbecue” Martell. Just think about all of the filler we’ve seen this season involving Crasters. They definitely will be able to get through 2 books worth of material if they play their cards right.

  27. GeekFurious
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    Check out this review of 4.07. I was looking for something different and just happened to click on this… I love it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRwB1ideykU

  28. Crabber's Son
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    I think they wont have to cut anything if they dont create any filler scenes next season that were not in the books like crasters etc. They could cut a lot of briennes parts id rather they keep the quiet isle and some scene with randyll tarly and they can cut jaime training with illyn payne and jus have riverun scenes But i really hope they keep most of dorne, young griff, and iron islands.

  29. EverydayImHodoring
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    Best show on TV. F*ck the purists.

  30. EverydayImHodoring
    Posted May 19, 2014 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    Khal-A-Bunga: Working the majority of AFfC & ADwD into one ten episode season is a tall order, even with all of the material from those two books we’ve seen and will continue to see in this coming season.

    Being that the author is behind on his writing of the source material, there’s no need to extend seasons just to cram more material into it just to align it with the beginning and ending of books. The creators of the show already said they aren’t looking it as books per season, the total is the sum of the story and they’ll divide how they see fit to adapt to TV in a 10 episode per season format. Going to Season 7 or 8 is enough. Thank you.

  31. John
    Posted May 20, 2014 at 3:56 am | Permalink

    What purists?

    Does anyone care at this point?

    Every time there’s a “controversy” and the “purists” and other haters say that viewership is going to drop; it increases.

    Purists, and even book readers in general, are a tiny minority of the total viewership. Things that gets blown up in proprotion here and on tumblr really aren’t an issue for the vast majority of viewers.

    People need to get out of their little bubble.

  32. vlad
    Posted May 20, 2014 at 4:08 am | Permalink

    Yeah, Dinklage has no real competition for the Emmys this year.

  33. King DBC
    Posted May 20, 2014 at 5:03 am | Permalink

    vlad,

    You’re forgetting Aaron Paul (though, I sense sarcasm).

    Valaquen,

    Agreed, the 10 episode format is fine. 90 minute premieres and finales would help a lot.

  34. bristol
    Posted May 20, 2014 at 5:10 am | Permalink

    King DBC,

    Aaron Paul wasn’t that great as Jesse this year. It was all stuff we’ve already seen him do before.

  35. Rickard Greyjoy
    Posted May 20, 2014 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    bristol,

    I liked Paul’s performance as Jesse the last season. His scene in the desert with Walt and Saul was a strong one. I think PD’s performance this season is probably better though.
    The final episode of BB I actually got a bit of a “Reek” vibe from Jesse. All withdrawn and chained up and forced to cook meth and stuff. Haha.

  36. jentario
    Posted May 20, 2014 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    King Tommen,

    I think a split seventh season is definitely on the table (if not a legitimate plan). I’m thinking 16 episodes (can’t be any more…).

  37. Mrs. D. Ranged in AZ
    Posted May 20, 2014 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Awesome news!

    The irony is that I have other obligations when GOT airs at 6 pm (AZ time) so I rarely get to see the first airing and it’s a miracle if I get to see the second one too. I almost always have to wait until the kids are in bed around 10 pm and watch it for the first time on HBOGo. I have to avoid WiCnet to avoid spoilers until the next day. I bet there are Mommies all over the world in my same predicament and STILL the show is making viewing records.

    King Tommen,

    If I’m D&D, I’m asking for the moon in terms of future budgeting and resources. They have all the leverage at this point.

    Yeah, I was thinking that too. One doesn’t have to be a bookreader to know that the special effects budget HAS to go up. They dragons are growing and we’ll be seeing more of them (at least one would presume) going forward…plus one would also presume that we’ll be seeing more and more popsicle zombies because the first and most important motif of the story is that “Winter is Coming”. IF I had a special effects company, the minute I heard this news I would be all over D&D to get some of that pie (pun intended).

    Khal-A-Bunga,

    With the way this season will wrap up, I’m thinking that the season five premiere is going to open with some pretty staggering numbers.

    This puts a tremendous amount of pressure on D&D to make Season 5 really stellar and IMHO I don’t think it’s the best material (the best, so far, is what they’re covering this season). I know a lot of people love the Iron Islands and Dorne story lines but they just didn’t appeal to me (don’t know why).

  38. Mrs. D. Ranged in AZ
    Posted May 20, 2014 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    GeekFurious,

    A musical review…that’s very clever! Thanks for the link.

  39. agent777
    Posted May 20, 2014 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    So they could of slowed the pace down to actually adapt the books and not create a situation where they overlap Martin and start spoiling stuff from books that haven’t come out yet and the viewership would go up? Yeah I not watching this show again until all the books have come out regardless of how long it take. No bigger way to betray the people who have been filling there friends in on the gaps in the story HBO has created and all the while hiding spoilers from them.

    Benioff and Weiss are hacks and are luck the source material is so good they can still appear to have a hint of talent, which is really GRRM’s talent.

  40. agent777
    Posted May 20, 2014 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    John,

    The funny thing is that when LOTR came out, the public at large loved ROTK. Ten years later, more people have seen why the “purist (people who can read and appreciate the amount of work it take to write a book)” were so mad. Just the other day Viggo Mortensen came out and said, the first films was the best to work on and after that Jackson was distracted and preoccupied with the effects and topping himself. This is what Benioff and Weiss are doing. These stories do raise the bar as they go along, otherwise they wouldn’t sell.

    So yeah, it may be popular now, it may make bank now. That means nothing. Nothing. It’s how it holds up in ten years, it’s how it stands up to re-watching. In ten years when some kids reads all the books and then checks out the show, it what they think of it, and how it holds up then.

    Personally I’ve known since season 2 that they can change anything and get away with it for the time being. But it is supreme arrogance to assume this is the new status quo. Look at Harry Potter, the films have already faded into the distance, and given they will finish the series before the books, there will be a book that comes out after the show is over and done with so, if you enjoy it, enjoy it, but if somethings wrong people are going to bring it up. Deal with it. It’s human nature to warn people of disasters, and that all the “purists” are doing, just like the “non-purists” need to remind people the acting and production values are still good.

  41. Tatters
    Posted May 20, 2014 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    agent777,

    Fuck Grrm, fuck the wait, and yeah fuck yes, tell me that D&D are not approved by Grrm, i name you liar.
    George completely understands how TV works and if i make a bet you dont watch much quality, if you do you would tell me that no others has written a such high class adaption, which stems so much of its criticsm from the books that it has caused controversy.

    In fact D&D is only getting better as writers, and so is Cogman. Their ability to artistically nail the line between book fanboys and practically elite class television executives, has led to them to be the best of television on today.
    George was far from that, today he would have belonged at the walking dead.
    Tell me a fantasy story as good as this translated to screen, while at times excelling the story of the books with sharp and lean writing fit for television. Ten years from now GoT show and books will be a greater achievement on screen and paper than Lotr was. Fantasy fanatics be damned, Lord of the rings come dime a dozen.
    Asoiaf just doesnt happen, its luck and 25 years concentrated craft and devotion on one story! And what a story this is. Asoiaf may be a masterpiece, but GoT is something else entirely. Its the American dream come true for the fantasy genre. Never again will a fantasy show be so looming and important, pointing a direction for the rest and an instant classic.

    TV is the real deal, movies are for entertainment.


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