For the last, let’s say, four months, you couldn’t pass by a screen of any size and not see a promotion for Season 4 of ‘Game of Thrones.’ It had four different full length trailers, and then two more *after* the last one came out.
During the wait, the writers also declared they would end the series after Season 7, and then author George R.R. Martin came back saying basically he could keep writing, and let’s do a movie with big dragons.
All of that is to say that it’s hard to be surprised that ‘Game of Thrones’ set a massive viewing record last night upon its triumphant return.
The most-watched series in HBO history became, well, the even more most-watched series in HBO history. The Season 4 premiere earned 6.6 million viewers, up 2.2 million (and 33 percent) from last season’s premiere, which was then a record.
“Two Swords” also became the most-watched HBO telecast since the series finale of ‘The Sopranos,’ though this episode probably left fewer people dismayed and puzzled.
That was the 9 p.m. slot. Two hours later, 1.6 million viewers tuned in for the replay. That’s 8.2 million viewers across the evening, and in between, 2 million people tuned in for the series premiere of the Mike Judge and company comedy ‘Silicon Valley,’ and another million watched the Season 3 premiere of ‘Veep.’
‘Game of Thrones’ airs Sundays on HBO at 9/8c. Next up: “The Lion and the Rose.”