New epic fantasy series a hit for Sky in the UK
The first episode of the new epic fantasy series, adpated from the books by George RR Martin, averaged 743,000 viewers between 9pm and 10.10pm, with a peak of 823,000. This smashed the previous record of 438,000 achieved by the opening episode of Boadwalk Empire . This also made it the most viewed show on a subscription channel last night. Game of Thrones ’ audience is likely to be around 50% higher when timeshifted viewing on Sky+ is taken into account.
Ratings for the US broadcast on HBO have yet to be announced, but early indications are that it didn’t outperform Boadwalk Empire ’s premiere figures in the States.