'Game of Thrones' most popular series in HBO history

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A dragon statue stands on a red carpet in preparation for the season four premiere of the HBO series ''Game of Thrones'' in New York March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A dragon statue stands on a red carpet in preparation for the season four premiere of the HBO series ''Game of Thrones'' in New York March 18, 2014.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Game of Thrones," HBO's Emmy-award winning fantasy epic, has surpassed "The Sopranos" as its most popular series ever, the premium cable network said on Thursday.

Episodes in the fourth season of the show have an average gross audience of 18.4 million, including repeat showings, video on demand and mobile streaming, which broke the record of 18.2 million set by the 2002 season of the mobster drama, "The Sopranos."

Video on demand and delayed viewing habits have changed significantly since 2002, with more options being open to television audiences.

Season three of the show averaged 14.4 million viewers per episode. Two episodes of the fourth season have yet to be aired, with the finale set for June 15. HBO has already committed to making seasons five and six.

The series on Time Warner Inc-owned HBO network features dragons, castles and dragons. It is based on the best-selling books by fantasy and science fiction writer George R.R. Martin about fictional, medieval families fighting for control of a mythical land.

The show, which first aired in 2011, stars Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke and Maisie Williams, and is sold to more than 200 markets outside the United States.

(Reporting by Patricia Reaney; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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Comments (2)
gwfnyc wrote:
It may be the most popular, but the ‘Soprano’s’ is by far the better show

Jun 05, 2014 11:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
akita96th wrote:
I love the show but man it do drag on sometimes with unnecessary long scenes which apparently helps run the clock out on an hour show…They promise with every new season to be better but they always do the same thing it takes the whole season on the very last show in the very last hour of the show and then comes the cliff hanger and another whole yr to wait for the new season…I am almost tired of the format..make it a two hour show or at least and hour and a half and have two seasons a year instead of one…Everything else is just squeezing it for all its worth.

Jun 06, 2014 1:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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