The finale of the fourth season of medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones has broken ratings records in the US, with 7.1 million viewers tuning in.
HBO said that Game of Thrones has surpassed The Sopranos to become its most popular series ever, with a gross audience of 9.3 million watching the episode on live and replayed airings.
According to a report by The Age, the average gross ratings for season four of the show, including delayed viewings, has been 18.6 million per episode.
Game of Thrones has become famous for its violent and taboo plot lines, and the willingness of its directors to kill much-loved characters.
The medieval fantasy show is based on best-selling books by author George R. R. Martin, where fictional families fight for the control of a land called Westeros.
Social media sites like Twitter were awash with Games of Thrones commentary last night, with many people upset at the show ending for another year.
Wow, that Game of Thrones finale had like 5 different climaxes. I’m about to pass out
— Shareef Jackson (@ShareefJackson) June 17, 2014
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) June 16, 2014
I might have to start watching #GoT purely because I am getting so annoyed at hearing it mentioned every two seconds.
— Daniel Jack Paproth (@pappy90) June 16, 2014
Unfortunately Australian programs like The Voice continue to struggle in the national ratings battle.
The show recorded its lowest Monday night ratings for the season after again losing out to renovation reality series House Rules.
The Nine Network singing series has been in a ratings slump since the blind auditions finished a month ago.
From a season high launch of 2.155 million on May 4, there were 1.373 million watching the Sing-Offs episode of The Voice on Monday.
The ratings figure was not far off the lowest for the year which was 1.360 million on June 9 – recorded on the Sunday of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
On Monday night, The Voice was second and soundly beaten by the Seven Network’s House Rules which had an audience of 1.572 million.
The renovation show has been on upward ratings curve this year and has regularly beaten The Voice on Mondays.
On a brighter note for Nine, the second episode of the new season of House Husbands had an increased audience.
After launching with 891,000 last week, it improved to 935,000 viewers and ninth overall.
However, House Husbands will move to Sunday nights from this weekend and immediately follow The Voice which now progresses to live shows.
Seven’s factual show What Really Happens in Bali slipped to 11th with 806,000 viewers and Network Ten’s best performing show was MasterChef.
The elimination of Byron Finnerty attracted an audience of 776,000 to land MasterChef 12th place on OzTAM’s overnight ratings.