HBO has renewed its fantasy series “Game of Thrones” after only airing one episode.
Sunday night’s “Thrones” premiere averaged a decent 4.2 million viewers across three separate airings. The original 9 p.m. broadcast attracted 2.2 million. For the sake of comparison, the similarly highly hyped drama “Boardwalk Empire” bowed with 7.1 million viewers back in September.
“We are delighted by the way David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have brought George R.R. Martin’s amazing book series to the screen, and thrilled by the support of the media and our viewers,” HBO’s programming president Michael Lombardo said. “This is the continuation of an exciting creative partnership.”
This announcement should come as no surprise given HBO’s costly stake in the creation and promotion of “Thrones.” (Seasons One’s price tag was an estimated $50 million.)
Season Two will most likely be based on “A Clash of Kings,” the second book in George R.R. Martin’s best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire.
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