Update: It’s official, Game of Thrones has become the most-watched show in HBO’s history. James Hibberd of Entertainment Weekly is reporting that after Sunday’s episode the average gross audience is 18.4 million across all platforms.
HBO has recently updated the total viewership number, The Hollywood Reporter … reports. A month ago, an average of 17.8 million people saw each episode across all the different platforms. Today, the number stands at 18 million! Good job, Thrones. The show is thus on a good way to break the absolute record set by The Sopranos. We were under the impression that the record stood at 14.4, but apparently the official number with all the repeats is 18.2 million viewers, set by the fourth of the six seasons of this HBO hit show. Good to know what to aim at!
THR’s article draws some more comparisons. Although they themselves admit that it is next to impossible to fairly and reliably compare HBO numbers to that of other cables (or networks), they note that according to the live-plus-7 metric, GoT is just behind The Walking Dead airing on the free AMC cable channel with 18.4 million viewers, and beating most of the network series as well. Interesting indeed. Update: AMC came out with an official statement setting the gross audience of The Walking Dead to 28 million.
In other news, here are some more detailed numbers for the record-breaking episodes this season. Three of them hold the all-time series high of 7.2 million viewers during the first airing, after the reasonable rounding up to the first decimal. More precisely, though, the numbers stand as follows: episode 405 – 7.155 million, episode 407 – 7.195 million, and episode 408 – 7.166 million.