While the final season of Game of Thrones may have divided critics and audiences alike, the epic fantasy series has remained a ratings juggernaut for HBO right through to its series finale.
The series finale received 13.6 million viewers tuning in for the final episode, with streaming numbers bringing up the total viewership to 19.3 million viewers. The impressive number is not just a record for the eight-season series, but for HBO overall.
The previous record setter for the series was the final season's penultimate episode, which received 12.4 million premium cable viewers and 18.4 million viewers total after adding streaming numbers. The final season boasts five out of six of the series' most-watched episodes over the course of the entire series, with the Season 7 finale rounding out the set. Outside of the series, The Sopranos' Season 4 premiere was the previous record holder for total television viewers, standing at 13.3 million viewers in 2002.
Outside of the initial airing window, Season 8 of Game of Thrones has averaged 44.2 million viewers leading into its series finale this past weekend, an increase of over 10 million since Season 7.
Game of Thrones stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark and Kit Harington as Jon Snow.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)