The return of the series has proved a viewer hit for the Sky network.

Game of Thrones, series seven, London launch: White Walkers give a GoT promo in the capital.

“The Game of Thrones phenomenon is incredible. It just gets bigger and better every year which is reflected in the huge number of people tuning in. Once again viewers have taken advantage of being able to enjoy the show in the way that suits them, whether that’s staying up till 2am to watch it live or catching up in their own time. For me, it has to be first thing in the morning before work – I’m too impatient to wait to the end of the day to find out what’s happened.” – Gary Davey, managing director content, Sky

The first episode of the seventh season of Sky Atlantic’s Game of Thrones has continued its unprecedented run by recording the biggest consolidated audience for a programme ever on Sky with 4.7 million.

Dragonstone almost doubled its audience in the week after it launched, adding an additional 1.85m to the original 2.8 million who watched it last Monday (17th July). This stand out performance also meant the episode secured the fifth biggest programme audience of the year in Sky homes, outperforming Sherlock, Call the Midwife and Line of Duty.

The 4.7m figure is made up of those who watched the 2am simulcast (live or on demand) or the 9pm transmission last Monday, those who have chosen to catch up over the past seven days through on demand on Sky Atlantic or online streaming service NOW TV, and customers who recorded the episode and watched it back. A further 729,000 downloads and streams of the episode were made via the Sky Go app, with this expected to increase further over the coming weeks. Sky Atlantic has seen a huge increase in Game of Thrones audiences year on year with a 31% increase on the opening episode of season six last year (3.56m consolidated).

Viewers have also have also taken advantage of the whole back catalogue being made available to catch up on since the beginning of May with over 16 million downloads made via boxsets, a further 11.3m via NOW TV and  5.5m downloads and streams via the Sky Go app.

Speaking recently Kit Harington talked about the future of his GOT character, Jon Snow, at the Giffoni Film Festival 2017.

“I don’t think Jon Snow will ever become king, he’s not ambitious enough for that, but I could see Tyrion sitting on the Iron Throne: I’ve always considered him the right person to rule over the Seven Kingdoms…. What I like most of my character is the fact that he’s always siding with the weakest. He’s a man of action and I like fighting in movies. That’s why this show fits me so well. The hardest scene to shoot? Maybe Ygritte’s death”- Kit Harington

Kit Harington at the Giffoni Film Festival
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