#HBO

Jason Lynch:

HBO is bringing three dramas to a close over the next several months: True Blood, Boardwalk Empire and The Newsroom. “We think the right thing is to end with creative integrity so that the viewer and creator feels satisfied,” said Lombardo, who admitted that HBO made “a mistake” in canceling Deadwood after three seasons, before the story’s natural end, which angered viewers.

The cancellation of Deadwood was a major (rare) mistake for HBO. Here’s hoping they still do a movie to conclude the series one day…

I remain intrigued by how they’re going to handle the Game of Thrones situation. There’s no way the books are done before the television series is. Unless they decide to take a few years off, as they do with Curb Your Enthusiasm — a very different show, obviously. Or, if they do a movie to conclude the show as well…

It’s not the Iron Throne I see when I’m working on ‘The Winds of Winter.’ It’s not the Iron Throne I want my readers to see. The way the throne is described in the books … HUGE, hulking, black and twisted, with the steep iron stairs in front, the high seat from which the king looks DOWN on everyone in the court … my throne is a hunched beast looming over the throne room, ugly and assymetric … The HBO throne is none of those things.
George R. R. Martin, on one key difference between his books and the show.
I wish we had more episodes. I’d love to have 13 episodes. With 13 episodes, we could include smaller scenes that we had to cut, scenes that make the story deeper and richer.

George R. R. Martin, speaking to Dana Jennings about how his “A Song of Fire and Ice” series of novels compares to HBO’s Games of Thrones television show.

Given the massive ratings success HBO is seeing with Thrones, it seems insane that they wouldn’t okay more episodes if asked. Yes, the show is hugely expensive to produce but it’s now HBO’s most successful series — ever. Plus, ten episodes each season isn’t enough for me either.

James Hibberd

HBO has crowned a new ratings king. Fantasy hit Game of Thrones has officially surpassed mob drama The Sopranos to become the most-watched show in the premium cable network’s history, HBO confirmed for the first time Thursday.

With two episodes remaining in the fourth season, Thrones has an average gross audience of 18.4 million viewers across all platforms. That surpasses the previous record set by the 2002 peak season of The Sopranos, which had an average gross audience of 18.2 million viewers per episode. Last season of Thrones had an average gross audience of 14.4 million viewers per episode. The news comes as Thrones has set several recent ratings records for its own performance this season.

That was three weeks ago, I can only imagine what the ratings for the finale were (we should know in the next few days). 

Update: As expected, those ratings were massive. (Thanks @rjonesy)

Ernesto:

The latest episode of Game of Thrones has broken the record for the most people sharing a file simultaneously via BitTorrent. More than 193,000 people shared a single copy yesterday evening, and roughly 1.5 million people downloaded the episode during the first day.

These are unprecedented numbers – never before have 193,418 people shared a single file simultaneously. The previous record was set last year, when the season finale of Game of Thrones had 171,572 people sharing on a single tracker.

Just keep leaving that money on the table, HBO.