“Mockingbird,” which contained some big moments for Tyrion, Arya, and Sansa, brought in 7.2 million viewers in its initial airing, besting the show’s previous high of just over 7 million who tuned in for Season 4, Episode 5 (“First of His Name”).
The ratings have risen nearly every week so far this season for GoT, as the epic fantasy continues to defy logic. Originally considered a risky venture for HBO, GoT is now one of the premium channel’s most-watched shows ever, and may end up in the top spot if it continues its precipitous rise in viewership.
GoT’s rise in popularity is no doubt helped by HBO’s streaming service HBO GO, along with other less legitimate online sources, which allow people to binge watch previous episodes in order to catch up with the live broadcasts so they can see what everyone is talking about. Before such online viewings were available, we can’t imagine many people jumping into a show as complex in plot as GoT midstream, so thanks, internet!