HBO has renewed its critically acclaimed drama series Game of Thrones for a fourth season of 10 episodes, set to air in 2014.
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 drama series stars Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Richard Madden, Iain Glen, Michelle Fairley, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Aidan Gillen, Charles Dance, Liam Cunningham, Stephen Dillane, Carice van Houten, Natalie Dormer, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Sophie Turner, Jack Gleeson, Alfie Allen, John Bradley. Rory McCann, Conleth Hill, Gwendoline Christie, Oona Chaplin, Sibel Kekilli, Rose Leslie, James Cosmo and Jerome Flynn.
According to preliminary ratings data, the show’s third season premiered to record viewership for both the 9:00 pm time-slot and average audience across the three airings on March 31st. At 9:00 pm, it averaged 4.4 million viewers, outperforming the previous high of 4.2 million viewers from last season’s finale. Game of Thrones improved 13% in comparison to last season’s premiere of 3.9 million viewers. Across the the night, the premiere drew an audience of 6.7 million viewers, surpassing last season’s ratings of 6.3 million viewers. Last season, Game of Thrones had an average audience of 11.6 million viewers.