Another Tuesday is here, but the season is over, alas. This means there are no fresh overnight ratings of a new episode – still, we can take a look at the viewership numbers of season six as a whole. First of all, here is the overview graph for the first six seasons of Game of Thrones, compared to two other critically acclaimed HBO shows, True Blood and Boardwalk Empire.
What are the most salient features readable from the graph? Well, for one, you will notice the Memorial Day weekend dip, also visible in the previous couple of seasons. What absolutely stands out is the huge number of people that tuned in on the night of the season finale – 8.89 million. That is more than I expected, to be honest; it represents an improvement over the previous season’s record finale of just under 10 %.
The overnight average last year was 6.88 million, this year is rose to 7.69 million. Such high overnight numbers are indicative of an increase in total viewership as well, and sure enough, the preliminary report on consolidated numbers has revealed that 23 million people saw each episode of Game of Thrones season six, on average – a number that is likely to rise once the viewers of the last few episodes are included in the tally.
What are your predictions for the last two seasons of the show? I used to expect that the number of viewers was going to plateau at one point sooner or later, but I’m not all that sure about that anymore. Let us know in the comments.