It is hard to believe, but only two more episodes remain of the third season of Game of Thrones. What’s going to happen in the penultimate episode. Here is a clue from the teaser promo that ran on top of the credits this weekend. The episode will air June 2 after a week off. What will air over Memorial Day Weekend in its place? The Matt Damon-Michael Douglas Liberace movie Behind the Candelabra. Continue Reading
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau of Game of Thrones fame was on Jimmy Fallon last night for a brief pit stop. He talked about a few things including his cameo on Saturday Night Live and the most thrilling story you will ever hear about shoes. Continue Reading
Just ‘wow.’ Last week I was impressed with yet another series high rating for Game of Thrones which is now in its third season, but apparently that was due to low expectations. The new best number for the beloved fantasy series is 5.5 million as that is how many tuned in on Sunday, May 5. There is not much to say beyond that although it is worth mentioning this is higher than any single episode of True Blood on top of the notion that HBO’s newly minted ‘most-watched’ show airs in the spring against heavy broadcast competition and carries with it a higher percentage of on-demand/post-live viewership. Like I mentioned last week though, this is still about half the height of The Sopranos’ popularity so there is clearly still room to grow.
Zach Galifianakis hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend with musical guest Of Monsters of Men. The show was not quite as great as the comic’s last time out, but it was ‘okay’ compared to other outings this year. The highlights consisted of a Jennifer Aniston lookalike contest which featured cameos from Zach’s Hangover co-stars Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper as well as a Game of Thrones trivia contest. The former did not hit the web, but included here is the generic Fox & Friends cold open we have seen a dozen times before, Cecily Strong’s recurring Weekend Update character, and a Match.com commercial poking fun at Martha Stewart. Continue Reading
Game of Thrones has yet another record viewership to tout. The latest hour of the hit HBO fantasy drama airing Sunday, April 28 found 5.3 million viewers in its first run, tying the series best True Blood accomplished a few summers ago. This firmly places the series as the premium network’s top program although the all-time mark could be a toughy. For that, we look at what The Sopranos did several years ago before DVR and on-demand options became an everyday choice. Tony and New Jersey mafia maxed out above 12 million which shows there is a still a ways to go for GoT. HBO is currently in 28 million households nationwide.
Last Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones was pretty damn good by series standards, so we are not at all surprised to hear the news that the hit HBO fantasy series is about to break 5 million. The most-recent episode entitled And Now His Watch Has Ended broke last week’s record viewership with 4.9 million in the 9 PM time slot, a few hundred thousand shy of True Blood’s peak ratings (it has since fallen a bit.) Make no doubt about it, Thrones should now be regarded as the premium network’s top program, edging the vampires that rule the channel in the summer months. What is more impressive is that on-demand viewership is much stronger and broadcast competition is a lot tougher.
It is another series high for Game of Thrones on Sunday night as it topped the cable charts on April 14 with 4.7 million Live+Same Day viewers. The demo ratings scored a 2.4 18-49, and that is exactly what it posted in the category two weekends ago. Viewership is the one that picked up, surging 300,000 sets of eyes. This is still about half-a-million below the peak of HBO’s True Blue but then again Live+7 Day viewership easily beats the Alan Ball-created summer series in that regard. That is definitely a good sign for the show going forward after some were a bit disappointed in regards to the show’s second hour back from break.
Natalie Dormer, an actress best known for her work on the small screen, has just been booked to recur on CBS’s Sherlock Holmes procedural Elementary. She will be on the program for three episodes beginning next month in the role of Irene Adler, a part notably filled by Rachel McAdams on WB’s Robert Downey, Jr.-led adaptations. This should be a nice high-awareness role for Dormer who can be seen regularly on HBO’s Game of Thrones playing the part of Margaery Tyrell. Continue Reading
Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update desk this weekend featured one of those not-so-rare cameo appearances they do so well. This time it was through the recurring Drunk Uncle sketch featuring Bobby Moynihan as Emmy-winner and Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage joined in, and yes, it is as funny as you would imagine. The spot showed the actor had quite the range which makes us think he could host the entire show someday. Maybe next year when he is out promoting X-Men: Days of Future Past. Continue Reading
As expected, Game of Thrones will be back for a fourth season. The renewal came down from HBO earlier today after the network big wigs soaked in that record-breaking 4.4 million viewer mark set just two nights ago. This is in line with how they handled the series past two renewals. Each came during the series’ first week back on the air to help maintain a certain amount of momentum going forward. The free press is hardly necessary though as this program just might be the most culturally dominant show currently on the air. Continue Reading
This past week marked the return of HBO’s smash hit fantasy drama Game of Thrones in which Emilia Clarke has a major role. She plays Daenerys Targaryen on the program who is best know as “The Mother of Dragons.” The fan favorite actress was on Jimmy Fallon last night thus why we bring this up. As always, footage is after the jump. Continue Reading
As promised, the ratings for Game of Thrones’ third season premiere. HBO gladly touted today that they have hit a new series high with 4.4 million viewers, up 200,000 from the show’s season two finale. This was against the equally cult-favorite cable show The Walking Dead which quite possibly had an effect on first-run viewership. The only real verification of that will come next weekend when we see whether or not HBO’s returning fantasy series picks up.