2:23pm PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Game of Thrones' Premiere Seen by 18.1 Million U.S. Viewers So Far
HBO released its first multiplatform data for the fifth season of Game of Thrones, and the massive drama is again pacing ahead of the previous season.
With the first round of live-plus-7 ratings now available for the series premiere, and factored in with linear plays, HBO Go, HBO Now and on-demand views, the episode has scored a gross 18.1 million viewers. That's up by more than 1 million viewers from the comparable episode last year, during a season that nabbed an network record of 19.1 million viewers per episode.
The pay cable network, which introduced over-the-top subscription service HBO Now on the eve of the episode, has declined to confirm or report same-day scores in the wake of increased time-shifting. But it should be noted that the episode started with a same-day score of 8 million viewers.
Elsewhere in the HBO-verse, Scientology exposé Going Clear continues to set doc records. The special has grossed 6.8 million viewers thus far.
And comedy Silicon Valley, netting 5.7 million viewers for its premiere on the same night as Thrones, is pacing up a tick from the series opener in 2014. (It's HBO's most watched half-hour since Entourage.) As for Veep, the veteran comedy has grossed a steady 4 million viewers thus far.