The Royal Record of Episode Quality Ratings

The penultimate season of Game of Thrones has come and gone but the digging and skewering of the episodes always remain. One of the favorite Royal activities of The Princes That Were Promised is looking at and analyzing the numbers associated with each episode of HBO‘s Game of Thrones.

For example, it is important to remember that over the course of 7 years- between the broadcast of Winter Is Coming (1.1) and the broadcast of The Dragon and The Wolf (7.7) Game of Thrones has gained 10 million viewers (2.2 million for the former and 12.07 million for the later). Another statistic- the highest increase in viewers in-season (between the premier and the finale) WAS during Season 3 which saw an increase of 1.02 million viewers between Valar Dohaeris (3.1) and Mhysa (3.10). That number was toppled during Season 7 which saw an increase of 1.96 million viewers between Dragonstone (7.1) and The Dragon and The Wolf (7.7). There are a TON of other statistics and observations based on them but these stats and observations are for another quasi-essay. The focus of this quasi-essay is the Quality Ratings Royally bestowed upon each episode by The Princes That Were Promised.

To coincide with the release of Season 7:The Revisitation, The Promised Princes hath released the Royal Records of Episode Quality Ratings. Herein thou can vieweth the rating numbers in various lists…

Episodes are rated on a scale of 1 (impossibly bad) to 10 (absolutely perfect). To put it more bluntly, if an episode received a Quality Rating of 1 it would be much like your dog or cat directing your nieces and nephews in an episode written by the guy that bags your groceries. If an episode received a Quality Rating of 10 it would be much like The SopranosTest Dream or Six Feet Under‘s Everybody’s Waiting.

Top Ten Quality Ratings (Ties Broken by Viewership)

Episode – (Episode Number)Quality Rating – Viewers Upon Broadcast

  1. The Winds of Winter    (6.10) –    9.75    8.89 million
  2. Battle of The Bastards    (6.9) –    9.5    7.66 million
  3. The Dragon and The Wolf    (7.7) –    9.375    12.07 million
  4. The Queen’s Justice    (7.3) –    9.125    9.25 million
  5. The Dance of Dragons    (5.9) –    9.125    7.14 million
  6. The Children    (4.10) –    9.125    7.09 million
  7. Hardhomme    (5.8) –    9    7.01 million
  8. Stormborn    (7.2) –    8.875    9.27 million
  9. Mother’s Mercy    (5.10) –    8.875    8.11 million
  10. Beyond The Wall    (7.6) –    8.75    10.24 million

Bottom Ten Quality Ratings (Ties Broken by Viewership)

  1. The Prince of Winterfell    (2.8) –    5.25    3.86 million
  2. Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken    (5.6) –    5.625    6.24 million
  3. Second Sons    (3.8) –    6    5.13 million
  4. Walk of Punishment    (3.3) –    6.125    4.72 million
  5. A Man Without Honor    (2.7) –    6.25    3.69 million
  6. Dark Wings, Dark Words    (3.2) –    6.25    4.27 million
  7. The Wars To Come    (5.1) –    6.25    8 million
  8. The Bear and The Maiden Fair    (3.7) –    6.375     4.84 million
  9. The Climb    (3.6) –    6.375    5.5 million
  10. Valar Dohaeris    (3.1) –    6.5    4.37 million
  • Average Episode Quality Rating for Series7.61 (John- 7.57/ SeannieWan- 7.65)
  • Quality Rating Average by Season
  1. Season 7 (2017) 8.41
  2. Season 4 (2014) 8
  3. Season 6 (2016) 7.938
  4. Season 1 (2011) 7.788
  5. Season 5 (2015) 7.475
  6. Season 2 (2012) 7.113
  7. Season 3 (2013) 6.788

 

  • Quality Ratings for George R. R. Martin penned Episodes
  1. The Lion and The Rose    (4.2) –    8.75   6.31 million
  2. Blackwater    (2.9) –    8.75   3.38 million
  3. The Pointy End    (1.8) –    7.75   2.72 million
  4. The Bear and The Maiden Fair    (3.7) –    6.375   4.84 million

 

  • Episodes Rated by Season#TPTWP Season and Episode Reviews are linked…

 

Season 1– Top Rated: Baelor    (1.9) –    8.5    2.66 million

  • 1.1  Winter is Coming8.25– (John- 8/ SeannieWan- 8.5)
  • 1.2  The Kingsroad7.25– (John 7/ SeannieWan- 7.5)
  • 1.3  Lord Snow 6.75– (John 6.5/ SeannieWan- 7)
  • 1.4. Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things8.5– (John- 8.5/ SeannieWan- 8.5)
  • 1.5. The Wolf and The Lion7– (John- 7.5/ SeannieWan- 6.5)
  • 1.6  A Golden Crown7.75– (John- 7.5/ SeannieWan- 8)
  • 1.7. You Win or You Die8.125– (John- 7.75/ SeannieWan- 8.5)
  • 1.8. The Pointy End7.75– (John- 8/ SeannieWan- 7.5)
  • 1.9. Baelor8.5– (John- 9/ SeannieWan- 8)
  • 1.10 Fire and Blood8– (John- 8/SeannieWan- 8)
  • Season 1 Average Score7.788 – (John- 7.775/ SeannieWan- 7.8)
Season 2 – Top Rated: Blackwater    (2.9) –    8.75    3.38 million
  • 2.1. The North Remembers7.75– (John- 7.5/ SeannieWan- 8)
  • 2.2. The Nightlands6.75– (John 6.5/ SeannieWan- 7)
  • 2.3  What is Dead May Never Die7.625– (John- 7/ SeannieWan- 8.25)
  • 2.4  Garden of Bones7.25– (John- 7.75/ SeannieWan- 6.75)
  • 2.5  The Ghost of Harrenhal7.125– (John- 6.75/ SeannieWan- 7.5)
  • 2.6  The Old Gods and The New7– (John- 7/ SeannieWan- 7)
  • 2.7 A Man Without Honor6.25– (John- 6.5/ SeannieWan- 6)
  • 2.8  The Prince of Winterfell5.25– (John- 5.5/SeannieWan- 5)
  • 2.9  Blackwater8.75– (John- 8.5/ SeannieWan- 9)
  • 2.10 Valar Morghulis7.375– (John- 7.25/ SeannieWan- 7.5)
  • Season 2 Average Score7.113 – (John- 7.025/ SeannieWan- 7.2)
Season 3 – Top Rated: The Rains of Castamere    (3.9) –    8.75    5.22 million
  • 3.1  Valar Dohaeris6.5– (John- 6.25/ SeannieWan- 6.75)
  • 3.2  Dark Wings, Dark Words6.25– (John- 6/ SeannieWan- 6.5)
  • 3.3  Walk of Punishment6.125– (John- 6/ SeannieWan- 6.25)
  • 3.4  And Now His Watch Has Ended7.375– (John- 7.25/ SeannieWan- 7.5)
  • 3.5. Kissed By Fire7.375– (John- 7.75/ SeannieWan- 7)
  • 3.6  The Climb6.375– (John- 6.5/ SeannieWan- 6.25)
  • 3.7  The Bear and The Maiden Fair6.375– (John- 6.5/ SeannieWan- 6.25)
  • 3.8  Second Sons6– (John- 6/ SeannieWan- 6)
  • 3.9  The Rains of Castamere8.75– (John- 8.75/ SeannieWan- 8.75)
  • 3.10 Mhysa6.75– (John- 6.75/ SeannieWan- 6.75)
  • Season 3 Average Score6.788 – (John- 6.775/ SeannieWan- 6.8)
Season 4 – Top Rated: The Children    (4.10) –    9.125   7.09 million
  • 4.1  Two Swords8.5– (John- 8.25/ SeannieWan- 8.75)
  • 4.2  The Lion and The Rose8.75– (John- 8.5/ SeannieWan- 9)
  • 4.3  Breaker of Chains7.125– (John- 6.75/ SeannieWan- 7.5)
  • 4.4. Oathkeeper7– (John- 7/ SeannieWan- 7)
  • 4.5. First of His Name8– (John- 8.25/ SeannieWan- 7.75)
  • 4.6  The Laws of Gods and Men6.75– (John- 6.75/ SeannieWan- 6.75)
  • 4.7  Mockingbird7.375– (John- 7.5/ SeannieWan- 7.25)
  • 4.8  The Mountain and The Viper8.75– (John- 8.5/ SeannieWan- 9)
  • 4.9. The Watchers On The Wall8.625– (John- 8.5/ SeannieWan- 8.75)
  • 4.10 The Children9.125– (John- 9/ SeannieWan- 9.25)
  • Season 4 Average Score8  (John- 7.9/ SeannieWan- 8.1)
Season 5 – Top Rated: The Dance of Dragons   (5.9) –   9.125   7.14 million
  • 5.1  The Wars To Come6.25– (John- 6.5/ SeannieWan- 6)
  • 5.2  The House of Black and White7.25– (John- 7.5/ SeannieWan- 7)
  • 5.3. High Sparrow7.625– (John- 7.5/ SeannieWan- 7.75)
  • 5.4  Sons of The Harpy6.875– (John- 7/ SeannieWan- 6.75)
  • 5.5  Kill The Boy7– (John- 6.25/ SeannieWan- 7.75)
  • 5.6  Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken5.625– (John- 5.5/ SeannieWan- 5.75)
  • 5.7  The Gift7.125– (John- 7/ SeannieWan- 7.25)
  • 5.8  Hardhomme9– (John- 9.25/ SeannieWan- 8.75)
  • 5.9  The Dance of Dragons9.125– (John- 8.75/ SeannieWan- 9.5)
  • 5.10 Mother’s Mercy8.875– (John- 9/ SeannieWan- 8.75)
  • Season 5 Average Score7.475  (John- 7.425/ SeannieWan- 7.525)
Season 6 – Top Rated: The Winds of Winter   (6.10) –    9.75   8.89 million
  • 6.1  The Red Woman7.125– (John 7.25/ SeannieWan- 7)
  • 6.2  Home7.375– (John- 7.5/ SeannieWan- 7.25)
  • 6.3  Oathbreaker7.25– (John- 7.5/ SeannieWan- 7)
  • 6.4  Book of The Stranger8– (John- 7.75/ SeannieWan- 8.25)
  • 6.5. The Door8.25– (John- 8.25/ SeannieWan- 8.25)
  • 6.6  Blood of My Blood6.875– (John- 6.75/ SeannieWan- 7)
  • 6.7  The Broken Man7.75– (John- 6.75/ SeannieWan- 8.75)
  • 6.8. No One7– (John- 7.25/ SeannieWan- 6.75)
  • 6.9  Battle of The Bastards9.5– (John- 9.5/ SeannieWan- 9.5)
  • 6.10 The Winds of Winter9.75– (John- 9.75/ SeannieWan- 9.75)
  • Season 6 Average Score7.938  (John- 7.825/ SeannieWan- 8.05)
Season 7 – Top Rated: The Dragon and The Wolf    (7.7) –    9.375   12.07 million
  • Season 7 Average Score8.41  (John- 8.57/ SeannieWan- 8.25)

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