We are now at the middle of the current season (already!), and it is time to look at the ratings so far, which in turn means you are going to see another shiny graph. Here it is (you can click to enlarge):
As you will remember, the season started out strong, close to the record from last season finale, which lies just above the 8 million mark (8.11 to be precise). After two episodes in the range of 7.3, the initial viewership returned to the premiere levels at 7.9 million with episodes 604 and 605.
Comparing the run of Game of Thrones against other successful HBO shows reveals the show’s remarkable popularity. It surpassed The Sopranos as the most watched show in HBO’s history last year (unfortunately we lack reliable and consistent week-to-week numbers from that era). You can observe that True Blood, the next most popular show, was reaching over 3 million fewer viewers at the same stage of its run, i.e. by its sixth season.
While we wait for the latest numbers on episode 606, which aired on Sunday during the Memorial Day weekend, we can also look at the drops in initial viewership that Game of Thrones experienced when airing on the holiday Sunday. That happened three times in the past (episodes 107, 209, and 507) and the average drop was one of 10 % compared to the average of the two preceding episodes. Last year, the drop was particularly severe with one whole million fewer pairs of eyes, or 17 %. This year, an average drop would bring the viewership to just above 7 million, and a drop of the same size as last year to 6.5 million. These two benchmarks should give us some perspective when assessing this years Memorial Day weekend numbers.
What are your predictions for the future? Let us know in the comments, as always.