“Game of Thrones” season 6 must be making some HBO executives do victory laps almost every time new ratings come in. Typically when you are this far into a show’s run, there is nowhere for it to go but down; however, with it known by many fans now that season 8 will likely be the show’s last, it is only continuing to build momentum.
For the latest example, you just have to look at the numbers for “The Broken Man” this past Sunday. The show drew in total a whopping 4.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic, an increase of more than 20% from the week before (which was down due to Memorial Day Weekend) and tied for the best rating of the season so far. The only two episodes in season 5 with higher ratings were the premiere with a 4.2 (the highest live+same day rating the show has received to date) and also the finale with a 4.1.
Overall, season 6 is averaging a beefy 3.8 rating, which is a nice increase of over 7% from season 5. In total viewers (which probably matter just as much, if not more, than the demo given that HBO does not have an advertiser-based model), season 6 is up almost ten percent, averaging 7.53 million versus 6.88 for season 5.
Of course, we’re going to be very interested to see what the show’s momentum ends up being as we move through the final three episodes, especially with there being a huge battle potentially looming between Jon Snow’s army and Ramsay Bolton’s at Winterfell. It has now been confirmed (spoiler alert!) that “The Battle of the Bastards” is the title for the penultimate episode this season.
We’ll continue to have more “Game of Thrones” ratings the rest of the season, so stay tuned! Also, sign up over here to score some other TV news on all we cover, sent right over to you via our CarterMatt Newsletter. (Photo: HBO.)