In the series’ history so far, the ratings for Game of Thrones Season 6 have been the highest, and that trend was to continue in “Blood of My Blood.” However, the last episode got the lowest numbers of the year so far. According to Spoiler TV, it was viewed only by 6.71 live viewers, making it the first episode that had live viewership below 7 million.
But Game of Thrones still single handedly won the Sunday night competition on cable. However, the rising ratings took a hit after the aforementioned episode and broke the season’s ascending graph.
What was the reason for the ratings to drop?
Probably because of the Memorial Day Weekend celebrated with gaiety in the US. Game of Thrones elected not to show new episodes on Memorial Day Weekend during Seasons 3 and 4, but usually, when it pushed through, and every time it did, ratings fell. In Season 5, they fell to quite a low from 6.24 million live viewers for “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” to only 5.40 million for “The Gift”. The show hadn’t seen low ratings since Season 3. The network could have guessed that something similar might happen and they should have taken some precautionary measures. In fact, you have to wonder why HBO didn’t elect to give the show the weekend off after what happened last year.
Considering that Game of Thrones episodes regularly pick up more viewers in the week following their initial air dates, another reason could be that the episode was a let-down for many viewers. The usually thrilling episodes of blood, drama and macabre are the basic crowd pullers but episode 6 was a rather dull one.
Yes we were delighted to see Uncle Benjen finally meet the Tarlys, but so much for his new entrance! When the motto is Valar Morghulis, the key point of every episode is that someone dies; the episode has no value until it reaches such a climax.
The comparatively boring episode had each character take five steps forward and then retreat ten! Margery Tyrell’s cancelled Walk of Atonement, Arya getting cold feet before killing the actress and a change of heart which will be a key to the Faceless Man plot in Braavos. And to trying to end on a high with that fierce Dany speech the episode still failed to meet the demands.
Whatever the ratings you cannot beat the fact that GoT has by far revolutionized the cable TV now and despite the low ratings, we are still looking forward to the seventh episode.
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