Ratings: Walking Dead and Game of Thrones Hit Highs, Bible Closes Strong, Revenge Drops

Ratings Game of Thrones Season 3 PremiereHBO’s Game of Thrones kicked off Season 3 on Sunday night with a record audience of 4.4 million total viewers, rising 13 percent from the epic drama’s sophomore opener and up 4 percent from the previous finale.

Folding in two encores broadcasts, the premiere amassed 6.7 million viewers, up 7 percent versus Season 2’s opening night cume.

RELATED | Game of Thrones Season 3 Premiere recap: Daenerys Builds an Army

Over on AMC, The Walking Deads Season 3 finale drew a record-setting 12.4 million viewers — 8.1 million of which fell in the 18-49 demo. The show’s previous high was 12.3 million viewers for February’s midseason opener.

RELATED | Walking Dead Finale Recap, Exit Interview, Season 4 Spoilers

On History, The Bible‘s two-hour finale played to 11.7 million total viewers, with 3.8 mil in the 18-49 demo — up 14 and 12 percent week-to-week. The Bible also squeaked past The Walking Dead in head-to-head competition at 9pm, 12.33 mil vs. 12.29 mil.

Broadcast fare, meanwhile, suffered this Sunday night. Facing off against Thrones, TWD and The Bible, ABC’s Revenge fell 14 and 17 percent to 5.4 mil/1.5, barely edging out a repeat of The Voice. Red Widow (4.1 mil/1.0) in turn slipped 9 percent and a tenth to series lows, placing third behind CBS* and Celebrity Apprentice (down 12 percent to 4.6 mil/1.4).

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* Ratings for CBS’ The Amazing Race and The Good Wife are thoroughly scrambled and unreportable due to significant overrun from the NCAA tournament, which was up 25 percent year-to-year in the overnights.

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  1. Who says:

    Any news on the ratings for Doctor Who on Saturday?

  2. Kasey says:

    LOVE to hear those good GoT ratings! And while “precious finale” made me chuckle, did you mean “previous”? I mean, I hold that finale in very high regard as well, but that may be overstating it. ;)

  3. iMember says:

    Revenge actually did well given ABC’s stupidity.

    – New episode on Easter
    – Airing against Walking Dead finale
    – Airing against Game of Thrones premiere
    – Once repeat as a lead-in
    – Against The Bible
    – Sporting event

    I think at this point it’s definitely going to be renewed to be honest. It shows it can hold it own and the season has definitely improved a lot! They’ve been running on all cylinders since the Union episode
    and they haven’t slowed down. Last night was one of the show’s best!

    • Dick Whitman says:

      Fan Excuse Bingo!

    • Mike says:

      Actually I have to agree Revenge did not stand a chance against a finale and premiere of two of the biggest shows on television not to mention the Bible was killing off its main character last night, all things considered Revenge did pretty good.

    • I Agree, Revenge’s Last Night Best Episode Of The Season, I Really Don’t Know Why Aired Versus That Big Shows

    • J. Norman says:

      Why not air the show during the middle of the summer. That way it could have the field all to itself and maybe get all the way up to a 1.9 rating average.

      Point it, Revenge (or any show) is going to hit heavy competition at least some (most!) of the time.
      If a show resonates with the viewers, it will rise and survive. If not, . . .well, its fans can make lots of excuses about how stupid everyone else is.

  4. Sarah says:

    I think Revenge is safe no matter what happens with the ratings from here on out. It’ll most certainly be back next season. I have doubts about it’s fate beyond that though. But that might be a good thing. The show already suffered a bit in quality this season due to the writers veering way off course to drag things out. And the story is getting a bit old with them constantly going back to the same well for twists and such (long lost relatives, Emily and Daniel’s on-again-off-again-on-again faux-mance, etc.). So ending after three seasons might not be a bad thing, as long as ABC gives the writers enough time to wrap up the story properly.

  5. MJ says:

    Rough night if you weren’t HBO or AMC!

  6. Joe says:

    Hell, I even watced the walking dead live when I normally dvr it and watched revenge on the dvr when I watched it live

  7. shuayb says:

    I totally agree with u. I’m not sure why abc did this scheduling thing.

  8. wrstlgirl says:

    Awesome finale’ of The Walking Dead last night. Absolutely awesome :-)

    • Kelly S. says:

      Indeed! Daryl is still alive, made the finale good enough for me! LOL. I feel sorry for ANY show going up against TWD.

  9. N says:

    Loved Revenge

  10. Shaun says:

    Wasn’t Vikings last night?I watched it online.Walking Dead and GoT were meh for me.Boring finale and premiere respectively.

  11. Auntie Em says:

    Like someone asked above: what were the Doctor Who ratings like on saturday? The episode had it’s moments. Not the greatest Moffat story, but it’ll have to do. So, I wonder how it did ratings-wise. Thanks.

  12. TheKhaleesi says:

    My dvr was very busy last night.

  13. dude says:

    loved GoT but Walking Dead I will wait and see how 4 starts

  14. Jill says:

    Anyone who has a hand in ABC’s scheduling needs to be fired immediately.

    Meanwhile, I am waiting for The Fable Channel to issue a false press release claiming the Bible was the #1 telecast in television history.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      Hey, Jill/Dria/Joe/JJ/Christy — they went overboard once with a viewership claim and promptly apologized for it, publicly, which I must tell you never happens. So, unless there is some private beef/agenda at play here…. Chill.

  15. Sg. Grant says:

    I watched GoT on HBO Go while Walking Dead and Revenge recorded so I could then watch both without commercials after I finished GoT.

  16. snowballx350 says:

    The Walking Dead won the night. Why is it hard for people to say it? Stop with this bias Bible foolishness.(General statement btw). Great post as always Matt :)

    • B says:

      Well, considering they are both about zombies, perhaps some viewers were confused last night :-)

    • A says:


  17. I LOVE TV says:

    Wooow far from being a big church goer, but when you talk demos about The Bible on Easter, against walking zombies. I truly hope in the long run, God has a truly good sense of humor, just saying. I guess I was one of the few who watched The Bible, hey it was Easter and I have a DVR, it was amazing and I cried like a baby.

  18. How about the ratings for Vikings?

  19. Britta Unfiltered says:

    I’m guessing Shameless got its butt kicked last night due to the Game of Thrones premiere and Walking Dead. But I must confess, I haven’t watched Shameless yet myself. I’ll catch it at work tonight once the building clears out. I don’t dare watch that show with coworkers around, lol. I’m sure just one scene of Kevin and V doing their webcast would get my butt fired in a hurry. But I did rewatch The Walking Dead. No worries there as coworkers just walk by and go, “Oh, cool!! Walking Dead!”

    • drhenning says:

      All the Sunday night Showtime shows are renewed for another season and are available multiple times on TV plus On Demand and Online for subscribers.. So ratings are meaningless… Same with Game of Thrones which I watched yesterday..

      I knew about the basketball over-run so I just picked up The Good Wife On Demand plus it’s been renewed so again, it doesn’t really matter much now…

  20. Naazneen says:

    Red Widow is finally finding its feet! And it’s not likely to be renewed. Damn

  21. SAMIE says:

    Are there any repeated telecast for show of Game of Thrones season 3, plz tell

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