/// HBO Renews Game of Thrones for Two Additional Seasons

April 8, 2014  |  Media Week

HBO isn’t “dragon” its feet on a Game of Thrones renewal. The premium cable network on Tuesday announced it has committed to a fifth and sixth season of the hit series, news that arrives on the heels of Thrones’ triumphant Sunday night return. Per Nielsen live-plus-same-day data, the Season 4 premiere averaged a towering 6.64 million viewers and a 3.6 in the adults 18-49 demo , making it the most-watched episode in GOT history and HBO’s biggest single telecast since the June 10, 2007 finale of The Sopranos (11.9 million). Thrones also was the single highest-rated show on television Sunday night, which means that broadcasters who were happy to see The Walking Dead stagger off for the next six months are unlikely to get much in the way of a respite after all. “Game of Thrones is a phenomenon like no other,” said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo, by way of announcing the renewal. “[Showrunners and co-creators] David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with their talented collaborators, continue to surpass themselves, and we look forward to more of their dazzling storytelling.” Based on George R. R. Martin’s novel cycle, A Song of Ice and Fire , Game of Thrones stars

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