(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by HBO and received via e-mail. The release was confirmed
by the sender.) 
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
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
and @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. 
(sgp) NY 
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