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HBO Renews 'Game of Thrones' for Fourth Season After It Breaks Record with Season Three Premiere

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 2, 2013 at 2:20PM

Predictably, HBO has placed an order for a fourth season of "Game of Thrones," the day after the record 4.4. million viewers for the Season Three premiere were announced, just as it did after the Season Two premiere. Three Sunday “Thrones” showings added up to record 6.7 million.
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'Game of Thrones'
'Game of Thrones'

Predictably, HBO has placed an order for a fourth season of "Game of Thrones," the day after the record 4.4. million viewers for the Season Three premiere were announced, just as the channel did after the Season Two premiere. Three Sunday “Thrones” showings added up to record 6.7 million.

(Here's TOH's review.) The Season Three premiere was up 13% from last year's premiere (3.9 million) which had less to compete against and beat its previous record high, Season Two's finale's of 4.2 million.

"Thrones" was up against intense competition from finales of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and History’s “The Bible” — which totaled something close to 25 million viewers.

The new premiere basically doubled the series start in Season One. Executive producers of "Thrones" are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield. Co-executive producers are Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, the novelist George R.R. Martin, and Vanessa Taylor; it's produced by Chris Newman, and Greg Spence.The always-nominated series took home six Emmy awards for Season Two.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.