‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Premiere Shatters HBO Ratings Records

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The “Game of Thrones” Season 7 premiere broke ratings records on HBO Sunday night.

The episode drew 16.1 million total viewers, including 10.1 million who watched on the linear channel and the rest coming from DVR and streaming. That represents an incredible 50% increase from last year’s premiere, when the show premiered in the spring when TV viewership is typically higher than the summer. That also makes the episode the most-watched season premiere for any HBO series to date. The Season 7 premiere also saw the highest number of concurrent viewers across the streaming services HBO Go and HBO Now.

“Game of Thrones” Season 6 ultimately averaged a gross audience of 25.7 million viewers per episode across platforms and in delayed viewing, making it the most watched season of an HBO series on record. The series is also a rarity in today’s television landscape, in that its viewership has increased with each season.


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In addition, the premiere was also the show’s most-tweeted episode of all time. 2.4 million tweets were sent during the episode, with Ed Sheeran’s cameo alone driving approximately 7% of the online conversation. Viewers also expressed appreciation for Arya Stark, referring to her as “bada—” and “savage.” The show’s strong female characters also inspired fans to tweet “the future is female.” Some of the most-quoted lines included “Winter is here,” “Winter is coming,” “The North remembers,” “Leave one wolf alive, the sheep will never be safe,” and “Shall we begin?”

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  1. Richard Head says:

    F off Ismael and Shaun Don’t watch the show if you’re so disappointed,

  2. I can’t wait when Arya dies. I’m sick of that character !!!

  3. pete says:

    ShaunN, please STFU.

  4. ShaunN says:

    I wonder if the viewers who are going on and on about how “badass” Arya is appreciate that what they are seeing is a little child becoming a sociopath and mass murderer. I assume (hope) that the show will address the obvious dark underside of all that is happening with all of the characters, male and female. The visceral thrill of seeing Arya kill all the Freys is a cheap one; the real question is in whether or not the show’s producers and writers deal with the real consequences of violence and revenge.

  5. Kevin Tran says:

    Hope there’s going to be more record breaking numbers for GoT until the season ends on August 27th.

    • galmod says:

      ShaunN We are in the vast minority who care about this interesting point. For me this point began when she killed Ser Trent I think his name was, in Bravos. The sheer craziness of the kill and the growing almost maniacal look on her face with each subsequent kill. She’s going down into darkness and everyone is cheering her on. Well, she is abusing the Faceless God’s power so there shall be a reckoning for her at the end of this series. Funny, I remember the look Ned gave her when she started training with the sword. He smiles at first but then he grows really serious and even the music changes and becomes ominous, as if foreshadowing that he’s helped start his beloved daughter onto a very very dark path. It’s an interesting character arc indeed and one that George has purposefully tried to tell so as to make us ask questions about revenge, young children taking revenge.. etc

  6. saadtariq50 says:

    I don’t think there will be any death in season 7. Hopefully Jon Snow will not die again. According to Variety and The Boring State, they will live on….

  7. Thomas B says:

    The show would get even better ratings if we could all focus on Littlefinger a little more. He is honestly one of the best and most complex characters out there. We should all root for Littlefinger!

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