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Most expensive TV shows produced as of 2019

As of March 2018, estimates show that Game of Thrones was the most expensive TV shows to produce, costing HBO around 15 million U.S. dollars per episode to make during the show's final season. Previous reports estimated that HBO spent approximately 10 million U.S. dollars on each episode of Season 6.

Production costs

In 2018, the revenue of television production in the United States amounted to 37 billion U.S. dollars. This figure has remained surprisingly steady since 2009, but nevertheless TV production is big business. Amazon spent 107 million dollars on the second season of ‘The Man in the High Castle’ in 2017, and 78 million on the first season of ‘The Grand Tour’. Amazon’s adoption of the controversial but popular trio of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May for ‘The Grand Tour’ has sometimes been considered somewhat of a gamble. However, since the show’s debut in 2016 it has proved popular with new and existing fans of the hosts alike.

To TV fans, Game of Thrones' presence on the list will seem fitting. As mentioned above, the overall costs are estimated to have been around 10 million U.S. dollars per episode – unsurprising given the lavish sets, detailed costumes and large cast. According to the most recent figures, the final season of Game of Thrones cost around 15 million per episode.

Leading TV series in the United States as of January 2019, by production costs per episode

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Release date

January 2019


United States

Survey time period

as of January 2019

Supplementary notes

*The source notes that the final season had an estimated cost of 15 million U.S. dollars per episode. The previous figure for Game of Thrones is estimated at around 10 million dollars.

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