There is less than one week to go until the new season, which means that we will once more discuss viewership numbers each week – right after we have covered all the (developing) plot points, of course. A man has to have priorities.
While HBO has decided not to release ratings themselves anymore, we still expect to get our hands on the numbers each Tuesday. In order to prepare for it, we have to refresh our memories as to where things stand after the first four seasons, with the return of Marko’s beloved chart (TM):
This graphics compares the numbers of the initial airing of each of Game of Thrones episode against the viewership of other successful HBO series we have reliable data on. Longer or shorter seasons have been proportionally scaled to fit the 10-episode run of Thrones.
Especially with the advance of more and more ways to watch HBO shows at your own leisure, the most important number for the network is of course that of total viewers, regardless of whether they watch it live, with delay, or via streaming services on demand. That number, for the last season, stands at the record high of 19 million per episode. We will keep an eye on the developments. In the meanwhile, tracking the initial live viewership will serve as an interesting indication when we hold it against the data presented in the chart that has been collected so far.
Last season saw the numbers rise to over 7 million. Where will the curve turn next? Do you think the show has once more added new viewers between season? I believe that is not at all unlikely. You are warmly invited to speculate in the comments!