Even the most popular shows on television will eventually peak in terms of overall viewership, but right now Game of Thrones just seems to keep on trucking. This week the show brought in 7.82 million total viewers in Live+ Same day viewership, and that’s not even counting the millions of additional viewers who tuned in the days after the episode aired. Here’s how Game of Thrones is stacking up compared to some of the competition.
As noted prior that 7.82 million total viewers also translated into a 3.9 rating in the coveted 18-49 advertising demographic. That’s where the numbers for HBO’s Game of Thrones truly start to wow. EW notes that Empire did a 3.7 rating in Live+ Same day last week—and needed 9.8 million total viewers to hit that rating. The Big Bang Theory finale did a 3.4 rating with 14.7 million total viewers. Compared to The Big Bang Theory, this weekend’s Game of Thrones did a little more than half the overall viewers and a better rating. That means a lot of young people are tuning in to the fantasy drama.
The ratings aren't quite as high as the Season 5 finale, which absolutely dominated, pulling in a whopping 8.1 million total viewers on HBO. Still, the fact that Game of Thrones is not hemorrhaging viewers in an era when a lot of networks are is pretty incredible. Across delayed viewing and multiple platforms, Game of Thrones averaged 19.8 million total viewers per episode in Season 5. It's pretty incredible the show is able to nab those numbers, considering Game of Thrones is only in a percentage of US households compared to network TV.
Clearly, ratings don’t matter as much to HBO, but branding does. If few people are watching a TV series, HBO isn't going to keep a show around for multiple seasons. HBO is looking for shows that are critically acclaimed, shows that bring in buzz in certain communities and shows that can set them apart from the other networks. Right now, Game of Thrones is where it's at. Now, we just have to wait and see just how well the Season 6 finale does...
Unfortunately, it looks like we are well past the middle point of the series at this juncture. A short time ago, Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss revealed that Season 7 or Season 8 will probably be the drama's last. You can tune in for new episodes of Game of Thrones on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET. In addition, if you'd like to know what the drama has in store in the future, check out what we know about the upcoming episodes.
In addition, all the other shows premiering this summer can be viewed in our TV premiere schedule.