retaining the crown of the best rated cable show of the night, the inevitable drop from the premiere happened this week when it comes to the number of viewers for the initial airing. However, it is likely a bigger drop than some expected. The second episode of season 5 was watched by 6.81 million people, more than a million fewer than last week. Another 0.7 million watched the repeat, just like last week, for a total of 7.5 million.
The number is still high, and somewhere around the last season average. I have no doubt that the discussion will be ripe now as to how much the four-episode leak contributed to the numbers (it happened mere hours before the premiere, so it is reasonable to expect an effect only now).
Hear Marko Roar: Well, I hoped for the number to stay above 7 million. But if it stays stable for two more weeks and climbs from there, I won’t mind much.
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Half of our side of the coast had no power due to Tornados lol that’s the only reason we could’t watch it live!
leaving before the comments section turns into chaos
The leak is to blame. Nba and nhl playoffs also. And for me personally the fact that it is so different from the books doesn’t make it appointment television. Obviously love the show and gonna watch it every week, but not gonna watch it live at 9pm EST every Sunday
I dont really worry, I’m positive the numbers will sky-high again for 505.
Actually, due to the leaks and the subsequential wait, it’s possible 505 be the top watched episode so far
Likely because the opener wasn’t shocking. Don’t we usually see a dip in viewership in the middle of the season? A lot of people watch the opener, the casuals start to get lazy, and then you have spikes after/for big episodes and, of course, the last 2 of the season. I’d bet we’ll see numbers back up to matching or even superceding the premiere’s numbers later this season. Worry not.
Yeah, having 1-4 already at the fingertips of any internet-savvy viewer certainly doesn’t help.
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