'Game of Thrones' Renewed by HBO for Season 4

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April 2nd, 2013


via press release:



Season Three Soars To Highest Viewership Yet


LOS ANGELES, April 2, 2013 – HBO has renewed GAME OF THRONES for a fourth season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.

Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, GAME OF THRONES is an epic story of treachery and nobility set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years, and only the lust for power is eternal. The Emmy®- and Golden Globe-winning series launched its ten-episode third season Sunday, March 31 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO, with other episodes debuting subsequent Sundays at the same time.

Among the early critical praise for the third season, the Hollywood Reporter called GAME OF THRONES “addictive and outstanding,” while Newsday termed the series “superb,” awarding the show an A+. The Chicago Tribune hailed the show as “spellbinding” and the Washington Post described it as “masterful.”

According to early data, GAME OF THRONES’ season three premiere March 31 on HBO topped the series’ highs, with record viewership for both the 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) airing and gross audience across the three plays. At 9:00 p.m., it averaged 4.4 million viewers, outperforming (+4%) the previous high of 4.2 million viewers from last season’s finale. GAMES OF THRONES improved 13% in comparison to last season’s premiere of 3.9 million viewers. Across the three plays for the night, 6.7 million viewers tuned in, surpassing last season’s debut night of 6.3 million viewers by 7%. Last season, GAME OF THRONES had an average gross audience (HBO linear plays + HBO On Demand/HBO GO + DVR) of 11.6 million viewers.

For more on the series, visit facebook.com/GameOfThrones and twitter.com @GameOfThrones #GameOfThrones.

Season three credits: The executive producers of GAME OF THRONES are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger, Bernadette Caulfield; co-executive producers, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, George R.R. Martin, Vanessa Taylor; produced by Chris Newman, Greg Spence.


  • T-Bone

    Arya does not die @Spoiler Alert! Don’t be a douchbag…and those who have read the books, don’t spoil the series for those who haven’t. The show and book series are both amazing!

  • Ekras


    They already started work on the new season- it has to start shooting really soon to be ready for next year.

  • AD

    Was there any doubt? Seasons 3 & 4 comprise the 3rd book in the series.

  • BD

    Doesn’t HBO get a cut on the DVD/Blu Ray sales as well? This is such a huge moneymaker for them and it is such a well done show. So far book 3 has been my favorite book and I am happy they have 2 seasons for this as so much goes on. Book 4 was my least favorite so I am hoping they do something to connect books 4 and 5 to make 2 good seasons. With book 4 the focus is on certain characters and then with 5 it starts off being on the characters who aren’t covered in book 4 before combining everything back together again I would rather see 2-3 seasons combining books 4 and 5 together but i think you can cut enough out of book 4 to make 4 and 5 2 seasons. Either way I think this show will have very high ratings regardless of how long it goes.

  • BlackStoneCA

    While it has been said elsewhere on the site, the free HBO weekend didn’t count in the ratings. Existing subscribed members only.

  • Brett

    Mr Martin needs to get cracking and get books 6 and 7 done

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