Question: How many people watched the season 4 premiere of Game of Thrones?

Answer: More people than who’ve watched anything on HBO in the past seven years.

Yes, the numbers are in and the Game of Thrones season 4 premiere smashed ratings records for itself and HBO, pulling in 6.6 million viewers. That’s just for the initial airing, so when the dust settles on multiple airings, On Demand, DVR, HBO Go and other platforms, it will most likely more than double.

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That’s well above the 4.4 million from the show’s third season premiere and higher than the 5.5 million series high set with the sixth episode last year.

It’s also the most-watched program on HBO in nearly seven years, since the series finale of The Sopranos in 2007. That’s an impressive landmark for a show in its fourth season, proving that Game of Thrones is still growing stronger.

The big ratings also helped HBO’s new comedy Silicon Valley, which debuted with 2 million viewers, making it the most-watched comedy premiere on HBO in five years.

Will the ratings for Game of Thrones continue to climb? Time will tell as there’s still a long way to go before the song of ice and fire is complete.

Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9pm on HBO.

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John watches nearly every show on TV, but he specializes in sci-fi/fantasy like The Vampire DiariesSupernatural and True Blood. However, he can also be found writing about everything from Survivor and Glee to One Tree Hill and Smallville.