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Game of Thrones delivers 2.8m viewers for Sky Atlantic

Winter has arrived… The 7th and penultimate Season of Game of Thrones hit our screens in the early hours of Monday morning then again in peak last night (Tuesday 17th). As expected a stonking performance was delivered, with the first episode launching with a colossal 2.83m for both the 2am simulcast and the 9pm broadcast later in the day. Up by 30% vs the launch of series 6 and 35% up vs the overnight audience for the finale of last season, the launch of season 7 is by far the biggest overnight audience ever for a Sky entertainment channel. Last year’s launch went on consolidate at a whopping 3.56m across the two broadcasts so understandably there is a legitimate chance that this launch might get close to 4m – an amazing feat considering  Sky Atlantic is exclusive to Sky homes. Aside from sheer audience numbers, it was great to see Highland Spring alongside and amongst  a selection of other fantastic brands benefiting from their association with this genuinely premium content.

Game of Thrones returns with big audiences forecast

The end is approaching. War is coming. The greatest battles lie ahead. Winter has finally arrived…

After a torturously long hiatus, the 7th and penultimate season of Game of Thrones is almost ready to hit our screens. Having just re-watched Season 5 and being half way through Season 6, (even better the second time around), I personally cannot wait for 17th July to come.

The icing on the cake for me is accessing this fantastic content for one of our clients, Highland Spring. Not for personal reasons of course – the synergy between the content and audience are spot on.

Industry drums are beating with stories of the Premiere and Finale being sold on a highest bidder basis and budgets of £500k being paid for single linear spots. The VOD offering equivalent is also being charged at a premium. Continue reading “Game of Thrones returns with big audiences forecast”

Highland Spring launches major new Brave by Nature campaign

Water brand Highland Spring has begun a six-month £5m marketing push dubbed Brave By Nature, which will be spearheaded by an ad showcasing the drink’s home country of Scotland.

Created by agency of record Whitespace, with media plannind and buying by Republic of Media, the spot (which can be viewed here) features a ‘James Bond-esque’ figure parachuting into the Scottish scenery, before embarking on a high-speed run and jump onto a speeding train. In the reveal, it becomes clear this all took place in the man’s imagination, and he has in fact simply made it onto a commuter bus in Edinburgh. Continue reading “Highland Spring launches major new Brave by Nature campaign”

Women’s FA Cup hits 7.6% audience share

Football

35,271 fans made their way to Wembley to watch Manchester City take on Birmingham City in the Women’s FA Cup final, which kicked-off at 5.15pm. This was a record attendance for this fixture and heightened the sense of occasion as Birmingham had drawn their previous two league fixtures with City.

Manchester City dominated the game and their 4-1 victory over Birmingham ensured that they became the first team to hold all three major English honours, with the Women’s Super League title and the Continental Cup already in their trophy cabinet. Continue reading “Women’s FA Cup hits 7.6% audience share”

Top Gear continues to splutter

Top Gear

Last night (March 5th) marked the eagerly awaited return of BBCs ‘Top Gear’. After a complete presenter overhaul last year, this year’s line-up (sans Chris Evans) had Matt Le Blanc (aka Joey from Friends) taking the reins.

Back in November, when monitoring the performance of Amazon’s ‘The Grand Tour’, there was an apparent belief on social media that ‘Top Gear’ was all but dead. Looking at the overnight figures from yesterday, ‘dead’ may be a slight exaggeration, but there is no escaping this format is a shadow of its former self. Continue reading “Top Gear continues to splutter”