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THE WALKING DEAD and GAME OF THRONES break records

Posted on April 1, 2013 at 3:44 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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Yesterday’s two big shows, The Walking Dead season 3 finale and Game of Thrones season 3 premiere, scored big with audiences. The Walking Dead pulled in 12.4 million viewers last night, 8.1 million of whom where in the coveted 18-49 demographic. For comparison, the Season Two finale pulled in about 9 million total viewers, and 10.2 million for its midseason finale in December. This number breaks the record for its Season Three midseason premiere, which clocked in at around 12.3 million.

The cable series beat out everyone so far this season, including network hits like American Idol, The Voice and Modern Family.

Game of Thrones returned with 4.4 million viewers, also a record breaking number, and up 13% from the 3.9 who tuned in to the Season Two premiere last year. However, HBO estimates that over the two subsequent reruns (the show initially premiered at the same time as The Walking Dead, and since that finale was a bigger event, presumably some of the cross-over audience chose to watch a later showing of Game of Thrones), the numbers added up to something more like 6.7 million viewers, up 74% from its initial premiere in April of 2011 (these numbers do not factor in OnDemand, HBO GO or DV-R viewings … or pirated material, which Game of Thrones is known for, as the most-pirated series of 2012).

So what does this mean? Provide quality programming and people will watch. Crazy, huh?

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