Game of Thrones is the Most Watched TV Show on Sky Atlantic
HBO’s Game of Thrones, shown in the UK on Sky Atlantic, is currently the most watched TV show airing on the channel. Raking in over a million viewers for the Season 5 finale, Season 6 started off with a bang on April 29 with 60,000 hardcore Game of Thrones fans tuning in to watch the broadcast at 2AM in the morning. Altogether, a total of 1.4 million Sky subscribers either watched live, recorded or viewed the 2AM broadcast on Catch Up TV at some point during the day it premiered.
With 816,000 viewers tuning in to watch the second broadcast on Monday night, a combined total of 2.19 million watchers broke the previous record of nearly 1.6 million viewers who tuned in to watch the Season 5 premiere back in 2015. The season six premiere of Game of Thrones had the biggest overnight audience for a Sky Atlantic show, and was the most-watched episode of Game of Thrones, with a 39% increase on episode one of Season 5.
Sky said that the overnight viewing figures for season six are a fraction of the total audience that the show expects to get once the catch up figures are included. Sky estimates that Catch Up TV will increase the figures by around 70%, meaning that the season six premiere of Game of Thrones could well end with a total audience of around 3.7 million.
With around 7.1 million downloads of seasons one to five in the run-up to the Season Six premiere, there have been more Sky customers than ever looking to jump on the Game of Thrones bandwagon or re-cap the show from the beginning in time for the long-awaited first episode of Season 6
Perhaps unusually for a pay TV channel, the 9PM broadcast of Game of Thrones alone trumped the viewing figures of one of the main terrestrial channels, beating the hugely popular Horizon: How to Find Love Online which had 665,000 viewers on BBC 2. The Game of Thrones 9PM broadcast also enjoyed more viewers than the Tottenham Hotspurs vs. West Bromwich game on Sky Sports, which attracted 759,000 viewers tuning in to watch Tottenham Hotspurs’ chances of a Premier League title.
With a record-breaking premiere, Season Six of Game of Thrones has been airing for the past few weeks with more and more viewers tuning in to view each new episode. With much anticipated storylines carrying on from Season Five’s famous cliff hanger, it’s no surprise that viewers are rushing to get the latest scoop on what’s going on in the hit series. Along with Game of Thrones, Thronecast is back after the 9PM Monday airing, with thousands of viewers also tuning in afterwards to catch up with the cast and find out the latest information on interesting fan theories and future show predictions.
Game of Thrones airs on the Sky Atlantic channel, part of Sky’s Original TV package. To get your hands on the latest episodes of the show by switching to Sky or changing your current package, use our Sky phone number to contact Sky today on 0844 800 3115 to be put through to a member of the Sky customer services team.