Monday, April 22, 2024

Winter Wonderland: “Game of Thrones” Season 8 Premiere Pulled 17.4 Mil Viewers Across All Plaforms, 11.8 Mil on HBO Alone


“Game of Thrones” season 8 premiere was a winner any way you see it.

The HBO swords and boots opera brought in a whopping 17.4 million fans across all venues including HBO Go and HBO Now. I see now where all those “NCIS Los Angeles” viewers went last night.

On just HBO, “Game of Thrones” pulled over 11 million viewers, which is less than the 12 million for the Season 7 premiere. But it didn’t matter. HBO is simply offering too many ways to see the show. Listen, if you can get 11 million people to sit down and watch a cable show at 9pm, that’s an insanely good accomplishment!

As for the actual episode, Jon Snow doesn’t seem to still get the news that he’s Dany’s nephew or cousin, and that he’s sleeping with her. Maybe by next week, he will have figured it out. And maybe it was only me, but I really liked the dragon rides!

This episode, “Winterfell,” was good at re-establishing everyone and setting up the ending. There should be some cliffhangers coming up. Me, personally? I think Peter Dinklage will sit on the throne. For some reason, he’s the only I can’t imagine dead. But I know NOTHING. Really.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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