Wednesday, April 24, 2024

“Game of Thrones” Finale Crushes All with 13.6 Mil Viewers, 19 Mil Across All HBO Channels, Number 1 Cable and TV


Bran Stark might be able to eke out a smile over this. On Sunday night “Game of Thrones” scored 13.6 million viewers on HBO and another 6 million on HBO Go and HBO Now. The total, nearly 20 million on Sunday alone, set records for the cable service.

“Thrones” beat everything on cable and everything on broadcast TV.  The “American Idol” finale didn’t come close with 7.8 million.

“Thrones” brought so many people to HBO in this short six episode season, the cost of it will be paid off quickly. And we still don’t have delayed viewing this week. A lot of people are still catching up to the final events.

Some wags suggested this wasn’t such a big deal since “Big Bang Theory” had 18 million on CBS this past week for its finale. But that was on a broadcast network, and it was free. There is no comparison.

So now we watch as the Emmy campaign unfolds. “Thrones” should win everything including Best Actor for Peter Dinklage (put him in lede, please) and Maisie Williams for Supporting Actress.

BTW “Thrones” did so well it pulled “Barry” to 2.2 million viewers. Bill Hader must be dancing around his house. Henry Winkler, too. Before “Thrones,” Barry had a 450K average.



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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