Later tonight, the sixth season of Game of Thrones will make its debut, and many are wondering if the premiere will become the most-watched episode in the series.
When HBO's fantasy series, based on George R.R. Martin's novels, premiered in 2011, it pulled in 2.8 million total viewers. It was the series' least-watched episode, but when the first season's finale aired, good word of mouth pushed its viewership up by a million.
From the first season to the fifth, Game of Thrones has seen its average viewership increase each season.
Season 1: 3.330 million total viewers
Season 2: 4.898 million (+47.1 percent)
Season 3: 6.442 million (+31.5 percent)
Season 4: 8.978 million (+39.4 percent)
Season 5: 9.513 million (+6 percent)
As for the highest rated episode, "that honor goes to the fifth season's premiere, which grabbed 10.461 million overall audience members after seven days of delayed viewing."
(via The Wrap)
Following the shocking developments at the conclusion of season five, including Jon Snow's bloody fate at the hands of Castle Black mutineers, Daenerys' near-demise at the fighting pits of Meereen, and Cersei's public humiliation in the streets of King's Landing, survivors from all parts of Westeros and Essos regroup to press forward, inexorably, towards their uncertain individual fates. Familiar faces will forge new alliances to bolster their strategic chances at survival, while new characters will emerge to challenge the balance of power in the east, west, north and south.
Season 6 premiere of Game of Thrones, titled "The Red Woman," will air tonight at 9/8c on HBO.0comments