ByVaria Fedko-Blake, writer at
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Varia Fedko-Blake

The wide-scale appeal of Game of Thrones has been gaining pace since its very first season, and in the process, the epic HBO fantasy has been slammin' and breaking records out of the way right, left and center.

Granted, the series hasn't avoided its fair share of criticism over the years but it appears that once and for all the conclusive opinion is that we are absolutely obsessed with it and we can't wait to feast our eyes on more.

And here's the proof: The sixth season alone allowed HBO to break an overall audience record with a whopping 10.7 million people tuning into its premiere. This was a huge 9 percent rise from what Game of Thrones scraped in Season 5's first episode, with the final episode "The Winds of Winter" drawing in a colossal 8.89 million viewers alone:

Ultimately, you can't deny that more of us are watching HBO than ever before with Game of Thrones ratings now averaging over 25 million viewers per episode to date. Just like the Mad Queen Cersei ascending her Iron Throne, it appears that the show has cemented its reign as the most watched HBO series in history, with streaming reaching dizzying heights (despite being also the most pirated series ever!).

Yet, Game of Thrones isn't the only show that's been receiving a monumental show of praise from audiences all over the world in the last few years. Here are five series, both past and present, that have similarly made jaws drop with their record-breaking potential:

1. Empire

'Empire' continues to rule the ratings
'Empire' continues to rule the ratings

Not only is the wide 18–49 demographic rating that Empire continues to maintain incredibly impressive, but the show has barely seen a dip in ratings since it first premiered.

According to Fox, the show is also the only primetime scripted TV series to increase in total viewers over each of its five telecasts dating back to 1991. So, despite being rather friendly on the cancelations from time to time, it's pretty certain that the broadcasting company isn't going to be willing to let this show go anytime soon.

2. Breaking Bad

'Breaking Bad' — the greatest show ever?
'Breaking Bad' — the greatest show ever?

For many, Breaking Bad still stands as the greatest show of all time. About 10.3 million viewers tuned in to the series finale, with the hit meth drama's highest ratings swooping in for a final blow-out. This alone took viewership up by 300 percent over the previous year's finale.

The figures were so outstanding in fact, that the Bryan Cranston-led series entered the 2014 edition of the Guinness World Records. I mean, what else would you expect from a show ranking 99 on MetaCritic?

3. The Walking Dead

'The Walking Dead' brings in monster ratings
'The Walking Dead' brings in monster ratings

The Walking Dead is also no stranger to raking in monster numbers. For example, when its fifth season dropped, it was the series' highest-rated episode ever with an enormous 17.3 million viewers. And although the Season 6 debut drew in lower numbers, more people still tuned in to its zombie action than they did to NFL football on NBC the same night. That's certainly impressive!

4. Duck Dynasty

'Duck Dynasty' was a surprising hit
'Duck Dynasty' was a surprising hit

Yep, you might not have thought it but reality TV show Duck Dynasty was officially one of the most watched non-fiction series in cable history in its heyday. It pulled in more than MTV's Jersey Shore at its peak, and more than TLC's Jon & Kate Plus 8, with the docu-style sitcom drawing in 11.8 viewers during its fourth season premiere in 2013. Not bad for a show about a family selling duck hunting products.

5. The Sopranos

'The Sopranos' drew in huge crowds back in 2002
'The Sopranos' drew in huge crowds back in 2002

Before Game of Thrones crowned itself king of all things HBO, it was actually mob drama The Sopranos that reigned supreme for many years. During its peak season in 2002, it had an average audience of 18.2 million viewers per episode! Whoa.

Do you think that Game of Thrones is worthy of its huge success?



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