We’ve been saying for some time that we would eventually get the official ratings from HBO for “Game of Thrones” season 6, and we certainly are glad to have them now! After all, these do a rather great job of pinpointing just how enormous season 6 really was … and suffice it to say, the numbers were big enough to leave jaws on the floor.
As the release notes, the “highly anticipated sixth season conquered all previous seasons with episodes averaging 25.1 million viewers to-date (linear Plays + DVR + HBO On Demand + HBO GO/HBO NOW). That’s approximately five million viewers more when compared to last year’s average (20.2 million). Viewing on HBO’s Digital Platforms comprise almost 40% of season six total viewing, with HBO GO and HBO NOW up a combined 91% vs. last season.”
Basically, all of these numbers further cement the show’s status as the most-successful show in the history of HBO, and really it is not even close. The most notable reason in our mind for the increase, other than the general interest in the show, is the further rise to relevancy of HBO NOW. When it debuted last year it was only available on a limited number of devices, and therefore was not necessarily that convenient. Now, however, it is much more readily available, and is a solid alternative for people who are not interested in buying a huge cable package and tacking it on.
Of course, the reality here is still that overall “Game of Thrones” viewership is probably significantly still above this given its status as one of TV’s most-pirated shows, but it is hard to get all of the 100% precise data with that.
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