Sci Fi TV Status Report: Game Of Thrones Slays Peak TV, The Strain Has Decent Return, and More

By | July 18, 2017

The Peak TV crunch has been driving ratings down to all-time lows across the dial, with many shows seeing double-digit losses year-over-year. But not so with HBO’s juggernaut Game of Thrones. That one returned for its seventh season on Sunday with record-breaking numbers for the premium cable channel, pulling a 4.7 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic with 10.1 million total viewers. That’s up from the show’s previous record of a 4.4 rating and 8.9 million viewers for its Season 6 finale. In addition, it tacked on six million viewers from same-day encore runs plus streaming views on Sunday. So while the overall audience remains fractured in the Peak TV era, the viewers are still out there and come together en masse for the right show. Game of Thrones is set to end with its eighth season, but HBO knows people want more from the world of Westeros and it has several prequels and spin-offs in the works.

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June 27th:  The Mist Has a Hazy Start, Preacher Looks Okay, Fear the Walking Dead Holds, and More

June 20th: Wynonna Earp and Dark Matter Improve, Fear The Walking Dead Drops, And More

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