The first episode of Game Of Thrones‘ fourth season was aired last night in the US (April 6) and scored a ratings high for its Stateside network, HBO.
The show’s opener pulled in 6.6 million viewers, which beats last year’s season premiere of 4.4 million, and more than the show’s 5.5 million viewing record, which happened during the third series, writes the Hollywood Reporter.
Last night’s episode is now HBO’s most watched show since the network broadcast the final episode of The Sopranos in 2007. The show premiered in the UK on Sky Atlantic earlier tonight (April 7). Game Of Thrones, which is adapted from George RR Martin’s series of fantasy novels A Song Of Ice And Fire, has been a huge hit since premiering in 2011 and has won numerous television gongs including Golden Globes, BAFTAs and Emmys.
Speaking previously about the new series, executive producer David Benioff said: “Some of the most shocking and mindblowing scenes of the entire series come at the end of this coming season. This is definitely the most dangerous season for Tyrion [Lannister]. It seems like almost every episode he’s in jeopardy of getting his head removed from his shoulders.”
The show’s fourth series sees an influx of new characters joining the cast, with Sherlock actor Mark Gattis and Gangs Of New York‘s Roger Ashton-Griffiths both joining the production. Meanwhile, the role of Prince Oberyn Martell will be played by Chilean actor Pedro Pascal. Pascal’s CV includes recurring roles on US TV series The Good Wife, Graceland and Red Widow. Prince Oberyn Martell is also known as The Red Viper.