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Monday, May 23, 2011

Game of Thrones Math

Game of Thrones is a great show, thanks to its heavy reliance on character development, political intrigue, and suspense – not to mention the excellent acting from all parties involved. I will say that it beats the book for me, which is not something I say lightly. The story moves more fluidly and the characters are easier to distinguish in the show when compared to the book. I watch it on my iPad HBO GO app, so I don’t have to be a slave to scheduling. 
Game of Thrones started out with somewhat underwhelming ratings, those ratings have steadily risen with every new episode.
The ratings, courtesy of The Game of Thrones experienced a ratings high with 2.6 million people watching the 9 p.m. Combined with its encore, Thrones was up to 3.3 million viewers for the night, with the show averaging 8.1 million viewers per episode across all platforms
The premiere pulled in around 4.2 million viewers, so doing the math: 
8.1 ÷ 4.2 means approximately a 93% rise in viewership. Of course, this is based on a statistically count of all supposed “viewers” on cable. HBO can potentially know how many viewers they have via their HBO GO site, but they can't know with the same certainty the number of viewers on cable itself. They know the numbers of subscribers, but have to do additional studies to know which shows these viewers are watching.
At any rate, it is good enough statistics to get the show renewed for next year, making this Math Teacher happy.

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