Game of Thrones has received a significant uptick in viewership as of the Season 7 premiere, which set records for the series and is setting records for HBO abroad.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the Season 7 premiere was viewed 16.1 million times in the United States in the first 24 hours, a number which ballooned to 30 million views in total since it first aired two and a half weeks ago. The premiere is the highest-rated for a premiere of any season for any HBO program, continuing the trend for each season of the series to have a bigger viewership than the previous one. Also worth noting is that the following two episodes both had better ratings than the Season 6 finale – which was, prior to the start of Season 7, the most-viewed episode in the entire series.
Expanding the show’s horizons, the series is greatly improving its ratings internationally. In the United Kingdom, the premiere was seen by 4.7 million people over the course of its first week, which is about 31% up from the Season 6 premiere. Other European nations that saw a big boost in viewership include Russia (a 40% increase), Italy (a 61% increase), and Germany (a mind-blowing 210% increase). The series is playing strong outside of Europe and the United States as well – HBO Latin America reported an average increase of 29% across their various territories, while HBO Asia reported increases of 24% in Taiwan and 50% in Singapore. All in all, HBO should be pretty happy with these results as the series nears its conclusion.
Game of Thrones Season 7 airs on Sundays. The series stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Aidan Gillen as Petyr Baelish, Liam Cunningham as Ser Davos Seaworth, Carice van Houten as Melisandre, Rory McCann as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, Conleth Hill as Varys, Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy, John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane, Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark, Jerome Flynn as Bronn, Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont, Hannah Murray as Gilly.
Source: Entertainment Weekly