GoT Breaks Ratings Record For HBO

got4HBO’s biggest series, Game Of Thrones, surges to a new viewership record, making it the network’s top telecast since 2007, while the lead-in helped propel “Silicon Valley” to a five-year high for a comedy launch.

HBO’s most watched series returned for its fourth season in the USA, breaking its previous viewership record in the process.

The premiere garnered 6.6 million viewers during its 9 p.m. broadcast. The episode now ranks as HBO’s most watched telecast since the 2007 series finale of The Sopranos.

An encore helped Game of Thrones surge even more. Last year saw Game of Thrones eclipse True Blood as HBO’s biggest series, grossing an average 14.4 million viewers every week thanks to live plays, encores, On Demand and HBO Go views.

HBO used the expected ratings haul to its advantage, premiering the similarly geek-friendly Silicon Valley at 10 p.m. The comedy proved huge for the network, its biggest half-hour launch since Hung (2.8 million in 2009), with 2 million viewers.

The third-season premiere of Veep followed at 10:30 p.m., averaging nearly 1 million viewers, on par with its latest finale.

Veep and GoT air on showcase on Mondays and Silicon Valley premieres, Wednesday on The Comedy Channel.

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