Despite the leak of the season’s first four episodes on piracy networks the day before, the fifth season premiere of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” still broke ratings records for the show.
The big-budget HBO fantasy drama opened to just under eight million viewers in Live+Same Day ratings on Sunday night – up 1.4 million from its fourth season premiere and up by 800,000 from its previously most-watched episode to date.
Like many networks, HBO has opted out of reporting or confirming same-day ratings any more due to the general audience trend towards DVR and On Demand TV usage.
The average episode of ‘Thrones’ last season scored around 19.1 million gross weekly viewers when DVR, HBO Go, On Demand and encore figures were factored in. That number is expected to go even higher with the fifth season stats which will also factor in usage of the freshly launched HBO Now service.
Both HBO Now and HBO Go reportedly suffered no real issues during the season premiere, not so lucky though were users of Dish’s Sling TV app who were said to have problems accessing Sling TV accounts during the premiere. Sling addressed customer concerns by making the episode available on VOD immediately after the show began airing.
Source: The Live Feed