April 3 2012 – The numbers are in and Game of Thrones on HBO ratings are the best it has ever been and that includes the season finale last year.
According to TV by the numbers, the first airing of Game of Thrones drew 3.9 million viewers, with a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating. But if you add in the additional airings later that night with 1.5 million and .9 million viewers then you are looking at a total of 6.3 million viewers total for the night.
That of course does not take into account the On Demand, DVR numbers or HBO Go, which could take the initial numbers higher.
Are you really surprised by this? Game of Thrones has steadily risen as HBO’s most talked about series, some may even say more so than True Blood. This show also has had more controversy tied to it as well from perceived racism, sexism, and of course real life violence being incited last year when two family members broke into fisticuffs over who will win the throne.
And there is still even more going into season 2, with another New York’s Time writer upsetting the balance by not “getting” Game of Thrones.
In fact the writer (Neil Genzlinger) gives his thoughts on the fan base for Thrones:
What “Game of Thrones” needs if it is to expand its fan base beyond Dungeons & Dragons types is what most of the United States didn’t get this year: a hard winter. Life in this particular fantasy land consists of seasons of indeterminate length, and since the series began there have been references to an impending winter of fearsome power.
Wow, another New York Times writer still not understanding what drives people to see this intriguing show. And he is also insulting about the fan base. I know I never played D&D and to be honest it shouldn’t matter, but what grinds my gears is that the man doesn’t understand the appeal of the show and for him to assume that is who the fan base is; well he apparently needs to reassess his thoughts on the show especially with these numbers.
What do you think? Are these numbers going to continue to grow? Or do you think they will hold steady? And what do you think of another New York Times writer still not getting why people come to Game of Thrones? Let us know in the comments below.
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