The season four US premiere of Game Of Thrones on Sunday, 6 April was watched by an average of 6.6 million viewers, making it HBO’s most-watched program since the finale of The Sopranos in 2007 (11.9 million viewers).
The premiere improved 52% over last season’s premiere and 23% over last season’s finale. Game Of Thrones added an additional 1.6 million viewers from the 11:00 pm and 1:00 am replays, for a gross audience of 8.2 million viewers for the night. Season three of the series had an average gross audience of 14.4 million viewers per episode.
Also in a first-ever move to celebrate the return of the global phenomenon Game Of Thrones on HBO, HBO Asia organised an advanced screening of the uncut season 4 premiere episode ahead of its 6 April US debut.
Guests were treated to a cocktail reception with Game Of Thrones inspired food prior to the screening. Several Game Of Thrones fans dressed up for the event where ten walked away with exclusive series merchandise for their effort.
Here are some shots from the night:
Meanwhile HBO has renewed Game of Thrones for a fifth and sixth season as announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.
“Game Of Thrones is a phenomenon like no other,” noted Lombardo. “David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with their talented collaborators, continue to surpass themselves, and we look forward to more of their dazzling storytelling.”