Despite mediocre ratings in its Sunday premiere, “Game of Thrones” has gotten a major confidence boost from HBO. The paid cable network has renewed the show, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin, for a second season just two days after the show’s premiere episode aired to rave reviews but middling numbers.
HBO certainly sounds happy about the renewal. HBO president Michael Lombardo declares:
We are delighted by the way [show producers] David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have brought George R.R. Martin’s amazing book series to the screen, and thrilled by the support of the media and our viewers. This is the continuation of an exciting creative partnership.
The 2.2 million viewers that the heavily hyped/advertised show pulled in on Sunday night was half of the cable net’s “Boardwalk Empire”, which debuted to 4.8 million viewers. The network, though, is hanging its hat on the number of viewers that tuned into the show during later re-runs, which when added up, gives “Game of Thrones” around 4.2 million total viewers.
Plus, nothing gets the audience to show up like telling them that you think so highly of a show you’ve already renewed it for a second season.
Here’s a preview of next week’s episode: