How excited are people for the return of Game of Thrones? Variety is reporting the HBO show was, by far, the #1 show on TV on Sunday night with a solid 17.4 million viewers. This included 11.8 million viewers who watched it on the linear channel.
It’s a solid start for the series now in its eighth and final season. For comparison, This is a jump from the 16.1 million viewers that tuned in for the season 7 premiere. The show also opened to solid critics ratings with a 93%.
The premiere may highlight the effectiveness of HBO’s strategy of relying more on its streaming services. Despite the overall increase in viewership, ratings on the linear channel were down as 12.1 million tuned in on cable and satellite last year.
Game of Thrones is consistently HBO’s top rated show and earns great ratings with average ratings per episode that climb as the week rolls on! Here are some of the average ratings per season according to Variety:
-Season 6: 25.7 million
-Season 5: 20.2 million
-Season 4: 19.1 million
-Season 3: 14.4 million
-Season 2: 11.6 million
-Season 1: 9.3 million.
In it’s eighth season, Game of Thrones is HBO’s long running fantasy series about clans vying to sit on an iron throne to rule a kingdom under siege by a promised winter reckoning! Game of Thrones airs Sunday nights on HBO when it also hits HBO Now and HBO Go.
Our own Thomas L. Kelly, the host of the Hops and Box Office Flops podcast, wrote a review for the episode which you can READ HERE.
What did you think of the season premiere of Game of Thrones?