Game of Thrones Season 5 Finale Viewership

The numbers are in for the season 5 finale of Game of Thrones, and they are outstanding.  "Mother's Mercy" was viewed on its initial airing by 8.11 million people, breaking the record, initially set by the season 5 premiere, as the most watched episode of Game of Thrones.  

With the way the season has been going, in terms of its viewership, I wasn't sure that "Mother's Mercy" would be able to reach this milestone.  But, as history has shown us, the season finale of Game of Thrones always comes through with a record breaking viewership.  

So are you surprised with the perfomance of "Mother's Mercy"?  Leave your thoughts on this topic in the comments below!

"The Dance of Dragons" Viewership Breakdown

The numbers are in for the latest episode of Game of Thrones, "The Dance of Dragons".  And although they saw an increase, from the previous weeks episode, it was just by a hair.  "The Dance of Dragons" was viewed by 7.14 million people during its initial airing, an increase of 140,000 people, or just 2%. 

I had expected to see "The Dance of Dragons" bring in closer to 8 million viewers.  But still its nice to see an increase in the viewership.  The only question this raises is whether or not the finale will bring in a higher number than the, record breaking, premiere for this season.  Looking at previous seasons, the season finale episodes have always preformed the best.  

What do you think though?  Are you surprised with the viewership for "The Dance of Dragons"?  And do you think the final episode will break the record as the most viewed episode of the season?

"Hardhome" Viewership Finally Rebounds

The fifth season of Game of Thrones has suffered from a constant loss of viewership since its, record breaking, premiere.  The last episode of Game of Thrones, " The Gift" saw this season at an all time low with 5.4 million viewers on its initial airing.  Making "The Gift" the first episode of Game of Thrones to drop into the 5 million's since 2013.  

However with the latest episode, "Hardhome" it looks like the season is finally getting back on track with its numbers.  "Hardhome" was watched, during its initial airing, by 7 million people.  An extremely impressive 30% jump in viewership, from "The Gift".  

Now who can say what caused this increase in viewership, but whatever it may be, it's good to see the show getting back on track with its numbers.  I'm sure we'll see a constant increase in viewership over the next 2 episodes.  Possibly seeing another record breaking season finale.

"The Gift" Memorial Day Viewership

The numbers are in for last weeks episode of Game of Thrones, and they're what you might expect for how season 5's viewership has been preforming this year.  "The Gift" took a pretty big dip, taking in a total of 5.4 million viewers on its initial airing - that is a 840,000 drop from the previous episode, or 13%.  On its repeat viewing "The Gift" gained an additional .8 million viewers, bring its total up to 6.2 million.

This was the first episode, since season 2, where Game of Thrones aired on Memorial Day weekend.  And looking at the numbers, it makes sense why HBO has been trying to avoid the

This  was also the first time this season where Game of Thrones lost the week.  The NBA conference finals brought in a total of 7.7 million viewers, pushing Game of Thrones into the number two spot for Sunday. 

"Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken" Viewership Breakdown

The numbers are in for last Sundays episode of Game of Thrones, and once again they have fallen.  Last weeks episode "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken" was initially viewed by 6.24 million people during its initial airing - a slight drop from the previous week, which had 6.56 million viewers.  

It seems that this is simply becoming the trend this season, each episode suffering from a slight drop in viewership.  But even so, it still outperforms every thing else that airs on Sunday - in viewership and rating.  But next week I presume we can expect to see another drop in viewership - mainly because next weeks episode will fall on Memorial Day weekend.  

That being said, one thing that Game of Thrones is excelling in is its performance in being pirated.  Even though "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken" was the least watched episode of the season, it broke the record for being the most downloaded episode of all time.  Coming in with a total of 3.5 million downloads in a 24-hour period, according to Excipio.  It really seems like season 5 of Game of Thrones is becoming the season of the pirates.  

Viewership Drops for "Kill the Boy"

The numbers are in for last weeks episode of Game of Thrones, titled "Kill the Boy", and they're not what I had expected.  According to Nielsen, the first airing of "Kill the Boy" was watched by 6.56 million viewers - making it the least watched episode of the season so far.  Although it still topped the charts for its Nielsen rating.  

I had expected this episode to pull in closer to 7 million viewers, being the first non-leaked episode of the season.  Coming in with only 6.56 million viewers is kind of shocking to me.  Historically episode 5 of each season has pulled in a higher viewership than every preceding episode, even the premiere.  Maybe it was the fact that "Kill the Boy" coincided with Mothers Day.  Whatever the case may be for the lowered viewership, maybe this is the type of viewership we should expect to see for the duration of the season.

Whatever the case may be, it will be interesting to see how next weeks episode does.  No holidays, and no leaks.  How do you think next weeks episode, "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken", will do?  Do you think it will stay of par with these past few weeks, or will it come closer to the impressive numbers of the season premiere?  

 

"Kill the Boy" Breaks Piracy Record

Season 5 of Game of Thrones is becoming the season of pirates.  Having the first four episodes of the season leak online mere hours before the premiere, and now the fifth episode, "Kill the Boy", has shattered the record for the most pirated episode of all time.  

Within 12 hours of airing on TV "Kill the Boy" had already been downloaded by 2.2 million individuals, according to Excipio.  The episode reached 3.22 million downloads within a 24-hour period.  The previous record for piracy downloads was set by season four premiere of Game of Thrones, gaining a total of 1.86 million downloads in the first 24 hours after it aired. 

According to Excipio, and Variety, within the first 24-hour period after initially being pirated the top 5 countries for pirating the Game of Thrones episode "Kill the Boy" were: the US (273,468 downloads), the UK (202, 482), Brazil (196,853), Australia (176,207) and France (173,213)

"Sons of the Harpy" Viewership Breakdown

The numbers are in for the initial viewing for this weeks episode of Game of Thrones.  "Sons of the Harpy" had a total of 6.82 million viewers for the first airing of the episode.  This episode was just slightly higher than last weeks episode, "The House of Black and White", which had 6.71 million viewers for the initial airing.  

Although "Sons of the Harpy" saw a slight rise from the previous week, the shows viewership has been quite stagnant since the season 5 premiere.   I think next weeks episode, "Kill the Boy", will see a dramatic rise in viewership - being the first non-leaked episode of the season.  If episode 5 does as I expect it to, then I think we will see a consistent rise in viewership for the rest of the season.