Cable Ratings: Game of Thrones Attracts Record Audience, Shameless Ends on High Note

Game of Thrones RatingsGame of Thrones came roaring back to life on Sunday.

The HBO smash’s Season 4 premiere attracted a series-high 6.6 million viewers — making it the cabler’s most watched program since The Sopranos’ finale in 2007 (11.9 million viewers).

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Per HBO, the opener improved 52 percent and 23 percent off of last season’s premiere and finale, respectively.

Leading out of Thrones at 10/9c, the debut of Silicon Valley averaged 2 million viewers, the largest launch for a half-hour on HBO in nearly five years (since Hung‘s 2.8 million viewers in 2009). The Season 3 opener of Veep, meanwhile, averaged 955,000 viewers, down 3 percent from the Season 2 finale and off sharply from both its Season 1 (1.4 mil) and Season 2 (1.2 mil) premieres.

Over on Showtime, Shamelessshocking Season 4 finale drew a season-high 1.93 million total viewers — up 18 percent from its previous finale, and up 23 percent from its January opener. With encores, the show amassed 2.8 mil.

Leading out of that, House of Lies‘ own season ender drew 731,000 viewers (and 1.4 mil for the night), up 16 percent from its sophomore finale.

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  1. jasie says:

    Surprised VEEP is so low. Funniest laugh out loud show on television right now.

  2. Alex says:

    Shameless ending on a high note! Slay!

    Is it Showtime’s most watch series?

  3. Chris says:

    I’m a little confused by the numbers, it’s HBO’s highest rated program at 6.6 mil since The Sopranos at 11.6 mil? I’m not sure if I’m reading that right.

  4. Rachel says:

    There also was a free preview weekend that lasted till today on many cable providers, which probably help considerably for those that dont want to shovel out the ridiculous amount of money that some companies are charging now.

  5. tv2day says:

    I love game of thrones. But there r just so many stories going at one time and u get 5-10 min of each per episode. And then u still have a some left over that have to wait for another episode. They did a good job yesterday of touching as many as they could within the hr.

    • dax says:

      they seem to do this in first episode since season 2.. then they go and emphasize 1-2 stories per episode.

      • Amy says:

        Games of Thrones is just okay for me. My favourite character/story line is that of Daenerys Targaryen. Unfortunately she isn’t shown nearly as much as the others.

    • Ana says:

      Well there are so many characters to cover and they’ve been doing this since season 1 so idk what the problem is. I actually don’t mind it but that’s my personal opinion.

  6. Rebecca says:

    Yay Shameless. Reading the casts tweets last night was awesome. They had no idea about Jimmy/Steve.

    • Amy says:

      I was shocked to see Jimmy/Steve/Jack, but loved it. For me, Shameless is much better than Game of Thrones.

  7. Mikael says:

    Veep is hilarious! That stinks that the ratings went down.