The season four premiere drew 6.6M viewers, quite a jump from the season three premiere at 4.4M. Last year, the finale had 5.4M viewers, and it’s clear the audience is continuing to snowball. The 6.6M premiere is the biggest night for HBO since the Sopranos finale. Only The Sopranos in its prime averaged more viewers per season than Game of Thrones, but that may change this year.
The huge Game of Thrones premiere actually did wonders for Mike Judge’s Silicon Valley, which had 2M viewers in HBOs largest half hour debut in five years (since Hung in 2009). Veep’s premiere remained flat against last year.
How big will Game of Thrones get? I’m not sure, but I don’t think this is the peak yet.
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