HBO's Game of Thrones delivered smashing ratings for the first show of the season at its regular time slot.
Nielsen estimates Sunday night's tally at 7.155M viewers. Season-to-date viewership is up 24% Y/Y.
The success of the show has also given a lift to other HBO shows such as Silicon Valley and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.
What to watch: During Time Warner's (TWX) earnings Q4 earnings call, execs tipped off that they are looking at potential new distribution channels for hit shows. Every home run such as Game of Thrones pushes the revenue potential of new ventures higher.