Game of Thrones breaks records to become Sky’s most-watched entertainment show ever
Sky has announced that the season six premiere of Game of Thrones has broken all records to become the provider’s most-watched television programme ever.
The episode, which originally aired on April 25 and was titled ‘The Red Woman’, has been watched nearly 5 million times and counting on Sky. This includes viewers who watched the episode simulcast with the US at 2am, the repeat at 9pm, and on-demand. 3.9 million Sky users watched ‘The Red Woman’ either live on television or via recordings, while an additional 1 million watched the episode via apps Sky Go or NOW TV.
‘The Red Woman’ re-introduced fans to the world of Westeros, unveiling what happened following a series of cliffhanger’s in the season five premiere as well as a shocking twist regarding the titular Red Woman Melisandre in the episode’s closing moments.
This breaks the record previously held by the season five closing episode of Game of Thrones, titled ‘Mother’s Mercy’, which saw the fan favourite character Jon Snow brutally murdered by his own men. ‘Mother’s Mercy’ received an audience of 3.27 million in total, including all showings of the episode on Sky Atlantic plus additional viewers on demand or through Sky’s streaming apps.
Consolidated figures for the subsequent two episodes of Game of Thrones – ‘Homeward Bound’ and ‘Oathbreaker’ – are still being calculated but look set to continue the high trend. The second episode ‘Homeward Bound’ was broadcast to 2.18 million last week while third episode ‘Oathbreaker’ went out to 2.24 million users yesterday.
Sky also announced that downloads of Game of Thrones on Sky Box Sets reached almost 10 million over seven weeks, after the service made all previous seasons of the show available to fans to catch up on the series.
Game of Thrones airs at 2am and 9pm on Sky Atlantic on Mondays.