The cabler has renewed its acclaimed medieval soap Game of Thrones for a second season just two days after the show’s first season bowed to modest ratings.
“We are delighted by the way David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have brought George R.R. Martin’s amazing book series to the screen, and thrilled by the support of the media and our viewers,” said HBO president Michael Lombardo. “This is the continuation of an exciting creative partnership.”
Sunday’s opener averaged a so-so 2.2 million viewers — or less than half of the 4.8 million that turned out for Boardwalk Empire‘s debut last fall. But when you factor in the 2 million viewers that caught one of the two encore telecasts on Sunday Game‘s cumulative viewer tally jumps to a much healthier 4.2 million. It’s also worth noting that three years ago True Blood bowed to a deadly 1.44 million viewers only to evolve into a monster hit for HBO.
Reaction? Did Thrones fall below, meet or exceed your personal ratings projections? And will you tune in for Episode 2?