12:47pm PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Game of Thrones' Now Averaging 25.1 Million Viewers
Game of Thrones' slightly delayed seventh season will leave a lot of people waiting, as HBO on Monday released audience stats on the latest run of episodes of the drama, and they are huge.
An average 25.1 million viewers tuned into the 10-episode sixth season of Thrones. That includes linear plays on the pay cable network and its sister channels, DVR, on-demand and streaming services HBO Go and HBO Now. The new number, which easily ranks as the most-watched series in modern HBO history, is up from the 23.3 million reported earlier in the season. It's also up significantly from the fifth season's average of 20.2 million viewers per episode.
“These record audiences reflect the options we have built into our business model over the last few years," HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler said in a statement. "Combining the convenience of HBO On Demand and HBO Go with the subscription flexibility of HBO Now, our programming is being exposed to an ever-growing audience.”
Digital views of Game of Thrones account for 40 percent of its current domestic audience. HBO Go and HBO Now views are up 91 percent from the same period last year.
Sunday neighbors Silicon Valley and Veep also were up from their previous runs, with the former averaging 6.7 million viewers and the latter pulling in 4.7 million. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver is now pulling 5.6 million viewers every week, widening its gap with Real Time With Bill Maher, which is averaging 4.4 million viewers this season and currently is pulling its biggest audience since 2003.