Game of Thrones: The Season 6 Premiere Set a New Ratings Record

A record-setting audience saw Melisandre's true form on Sunday night, as Game of Thrones set a new high for total viewers. Legal viewers, I should say. The Season 6 premiere of HBO's fantasy bonanza was watched by a total of 10.7 million viewers on Sunday night when the flagship channel and online streaming numbers were added up, says The Hollywood Reporter. That's more than the previous record of 10.3 million viewers who watched li'l Olly be a total dick to Jon Snow in the Season 5 finale. 

Approximately 7.94 million viewers watched old-fashioned style on regular premium cable, with the rest coming from encore presentations of the episode and streams from HBO Go and HBO Now. According to TorrentFreak, the premiere was downloaded more than 1,000,000 times in half a day. 

But how does that 10.7 million number compare to the rest of television? The biggest show on TV, The Walking Dead, just wrapped up its sixth season with 14.2 million viewers. But considering that's on basic cable's AMC, one could argue that 10.7 million viewers on a premium cable network is just as, if not more, impressive. 

How many million times have you watched the Season 6 premiere?


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Apr 27, 2016
And the award for the most unsurprising news goes to........

Like i said before - overhyped
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Apr 27, 2016
If HBO set up an international streaming service and charged $0.79 per episode, they'd have 50 million viewers.
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Apr 27, 2016
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I'm just kidding. Sopa in the house of representatives and the corresponding bill in the senate PIPA are shelved for now. O, you don't care about politics? Don't say i didn't warn you.

The idea put forth by the lobbyists is simple:our freedoms, especially on the Internet, must be restricted so that mega corporations, like Time Warner, can make more profit.

(Time Warner is currently owner of Home Box Office (HBO), Time Inc,
Turner Broadcasting System Inc, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc, CW Network (partial ownership), New Line Cinema, Time Warner Cable, Cinemax, Cartoon Network, TBS, TNT and some others...)

But of course the 1% will keep trying to extract more money from the 99%. That's a given. Life isn't fair. Get used to it.

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Apr 27, 2016
So HBO gives everyone a free preview weekend as Game of Thrones premieres and the legal ratings went up? No Freakin' Way. ;)
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Apr 26, 2016
I hope the last scene was CGI. If it was real, I hope that poor old lady can't use the internet. Everyone is obsessed with how bad she looks.
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Apr 27, 2016
I read that they used the same process as the walk of shame with Cersei. In this case Carice's real head on an old woman's real body, but obviously Carise aged either through CGI or prosthetics. I've tried but I can't see Carice in the old face.
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Apr 27, 2016
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Apr 27, 2016
I will paraphrase immortal words of Joye Tribbiani : "God and I, we have a deal, he won't let me get that old". LMAO

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Apr 27, 2016
Reading comprehension not your strong suite eh? Okay, let me rephrase it for you:

I hope that lady wasn't real, because people are being mean, to the point that I find the remarks about her body more disgusting than anything else. Get it now? I'm on your side!
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Apr 27, 2016
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Apr 26, 2016
According to an interview the face was aged by CGI + protheses. The body was protheses and a body double... so maybe you can peek through the keyhole the next time your mom takes a bath ^^
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Apr 26, 2016
I also hope it was CGI, unfortunatlly i can't UNSEE that scene :(
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Apr 26, 2016
It looked very real though
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Apr 26, 2016
I hope this encourages them to write more stories set in the same fictional universe, after the main series is done. I know that's going to be an unpopular wish, but I don't want it to ever end.
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Apr 26, 2016
Everything must end in order to give room to something new, maybe better.
There can be too much, even of something great.
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Apr 28, 2016
I guess it depends how much you love the fictional universe in question. I never get tired of more Trek shows, and wish there were 3 more already.
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Apr 28, 2016
Trek Shows, not a trek show. I love that universe as well and I would love to see a new Trek show as well. But, would i want TNG or Deep Space to continue for few more seasons - NO.
I love Supernatural, from the first episode - but, I think they are dragging it for far too long. Would I love to see a new show in that universe - of course.
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Apr 29, 2016
I agree with you, that's why I said "write more stories set in the same fictional universe". So more shows set in Westeros etc. A Deep Space Nine of Game of Thrones lol. Maybe set a hundred years later, or a hundred years before, or just about different smaller houses.
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Apr 26, 2016
But the 14.2 million viewers of TWD were WAY more disappointed than the 10.7 million viewers of GoT.
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Apr 26, 2016
14.2 million viewers of TWD finale, of which 10.6 will return for season 7. ;)
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Apr 26, 2016
Only once so far (I've watched a scene or two twice) and based on a conversation with my only true Game of Thrones watcher friend (there are four of us that all knew each other in real life at one point but now as many of us in our late thirties do, communicate on facebook, one of those friends is a true GOT, he owns a farm that he named after a place on the show and some of his earlier animals were names for characters, but we've both decided to reconsult, another of that foursome is my devoted TWD watcher and she seems to be on my page about spoilers). I'm kind of curious though, about six hours before it premiered on EST HBO, it got leaked on some online sites and other video on demand programs.
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Apr 26, 2016
Don't tell me he named the place Craster's Keep...
(although that would be hilariously twisted)
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Apr 26, 2016
Nope Winterfell something or other. He and his husband are very Stark like.
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Apr 26, 2016
Does that include just the US viewers or does it include those from Canada and other countries (with legal HBO)?
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Apr 26, 2016
Nielsen only measures the ratings in the US. In Canada it's on HBO.
in the UK it's on Sky Atlantic and in Australia on Foxtel. Both are cable subscription services. HBO Europe operates in fifteen countries in Europe: Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Moldova, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and the Netherlands.
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Apr 26, 2016
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Apr 26, 2016
Not surprising, as all those who wanted to find out about Jon Snow were going to be there en masse.
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Apr 26, 2016
OH MY GOD TIM "EYE DIDN'T SEE GAME OF THRONES" HOW DID YOU MISS A PUN OPPORTUNITY LIKE THAT
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Apr 26, 2016
Indeed, you need to keep an eye out for opportunities for goood puns

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Apr 26, 2016
that last scene still give me nightmares
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Apr 26, 2016
Right?! I was hell yeah Van Houten naked again, and the no, no, nooooo...
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Apr 26, 2016
- and every person reviewing the episode somehow feels the need to post screenshots, so there´s no escaping it either :-)
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Apr 26, 2016
I nearly choked on take away lol

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