The grisly battle for the Iron Throne reached new highs in season four, with Game of Thrones amassing 18.6 million viewers for HBO and dethroning The Sopranos as the network’s most watched series ever. Season four also earned the show high marks from the TV Academy, which handed it 19 Emmy nominations, the most of any show this year.
Hot off their 99 Emmy nominations, HBO CEO Richard Pleplerand his programming president Michael Lombardo took the stage Thursday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour to a barrage of questions.
The author made a surprise, last-minute cameo in Gay of Thrones, Funny or Die's Thrones recap series in which a hair stylist recounts (to varying degrees of accuracy) the happenings of the HBO series' latest episode.
Game of Thrones wrapped its most-watched season to date in an expectedly big fashion. The Sunday finale of the HBO drama's fourth run was watched by 7.1 million viewers in its 9 p.m. airing, up 32 percent from Thrones' season 3 finale.
The gross audience for the finale on Sunday, counting an additional two airings, was 9.3 million viewers. The show's 9 p.m. airings this season averaged 6.8 million viewers, up 37 percent from last season.