‘Game of Thrones’ Ratings Hit New Highs in Season 6

Game of Thrones season 6 ratings
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Whether or not “Game of Thrones'” fans loved the not-so-surprising death from last Sunday’s episode, one thing is for certain – they’re still tuning in. Although Season 6 comes to an end this Sunday, according to USA Today, viewership for the show has averaged 23.3 million this season, up 15% from last year.

Sunday premiere ratings for the season are up 6% for an average of 7.3 million viewers, with TV and on-demand viewing increasing by 4%, per Nielsen and streaming data provided to USA Today. But the real increase in viewership is reflected digitally, through streaming site HBO Go and standalone service HBO Now, with viewing up 70% over last season, which means 2.5 million streams (reported as view counts and time spent watching). HBO Now allows non-subscribers to have access to HBO shows and movies for $15 a month without a cable subscription.

HBO CEO Richard Plepler insists that fears about TV network programming being cannibalized by online views are unwarranted.

“It simply expands the audience’s opportunity to watch our programs. It’s all about expanding the pie,” he said to USA Today.

HBO’s other Sunday night shows are also up, although not quite in the same realm as “Thrones.” “Silicon Valley,” averaging 6.4 million viewers, is up 4% overall, with streaming viewership up 37%; and “Veep,” averaging 4.4 million, is up 6% overall with a digital increase of 40%.

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  1. David K says:

    I’m not sure I understand HBO’s obsession with ratings. If there are to turn HBONow into something truly worth having, then they can’t keep canceling little genre shows like Enlightened, Looking, and Togetherness. I used to watch the most shows on HBO but now it’s Netflix, which, a couple years ago I would never have believed.

  2. hkkaufman says:

    Comment aimed more at Journalists re”GOT.. “OPINIONS VARY” the point, without turning into volumes of rhetoric. Those that do no like the series, you have a device, defined as a REMOTE, has buttons, 3 in particular, MUTE,SOUND,CHANNEL, all work very well.. YOU have 250 options and if you do not like one show take advantage of the option and find something else.. IT MATTER’S not your ambivalence, FACT show has more viewers then any other SUNDAY disaster in that time zone.

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