First, let’s get the obvious out of the way, HBO has renewed Game of Thrones for a fourth season. As if we had any doubt. The series has been breaking records both for the network and with its illegal downloads, HBO would be insane not to renew. Here’s the word from their official press release,
According to early data, GAME OF THRONES’ season three premiere March 31 on HBO topped the series’ highs, with record viewership for both the 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) airing and gross audience across the three plays. At 9:00 p.m., it averaged 4.4 million viewers, outperforming (+4%) the previous high of 4.2 million viewers from last season’s finale. GAMES OF THRONES improved 13% in comparison to last season’s premiere of 3.9 million viewers. Across the three plays for the night, 6.7 million viewers tuned in, surpassing last season’s debut night of 6.3 million viewers by 7%. Last season, GAME OF THRONES had an average gross audience (HBO linear plays + HBO On Demand/HBO GO + DVR) of 11.6 million viewers.
That’s a lot of viewers. And again, let’s not forgot all those pirating the premiere. Torrent Freak reports once the first Game of Thrones torrent hit the net 163,088 were people were sharing that single file. And it’s been growing ever since.
Hit the jump for two behind-the-scenes videos that’ll take you inside the premiere (Read our advance review!), “Valar Dohaeris“, as well as two awesome characters guides to help you keep everyone and their allegiances straight.