Game of Thrones premiered on HBO in the United States on April 17, 2011, and on Sky Atlantic in the United Kingdom and Ireland on April 18, 2011.The series will be aired on Canal+ in Norway and Spain on May 4 and 9, 2011, and has been aired on April 18, 2011 on HBO Central Europe.It also aired in the Arab World on OSN Series on April 20, 2011 and in Israel on yesAction on April 21st. The series is expected to commence in Australia from July, 2011 on the Showcase channel available through the Foxtel, Optus TV and Austar satellite and cable television platforms.
As of April 27, 2011, Game of Thrones has a Metacritic average of 79 out of 100 based on 28 critic reviews, but scored an average of 9.1 out 10 based on 125 viewer reviews, earning “universal acclaim.” The respectable viewing figures for the first episode prompted HBO to renew the show for a second season.
The first season of the series debuted in the U.S. on April 17, 2011.Two days later, it was picked up for a second season, which started airing on April 1, 2012. It was renewed for a third season nine days after that.
Highly anticipated since its early stages of development, Game of Thrones has been very well received by viewers and critics.Its first season was nominated for or won numerous awards, including Outstanding Drama Series for the Emmy Awards and Best Television Series – Drama at the Golden Globes; Peter Dinklage also won the Emmys’s and Golden Globes’s Best Supporting Actor award for his role as Tyrion Lannister.