HBO drew a record 19.3 million for last night’s Game of Thrones final episode across its various platforms, besting last week’s audience numbers.
The final episode of GoT’s eighth and final season topped the 18.4 million viewers that tuned into the series' May 12 episode, the prior record, said network officials. The episode also was also the most watched single linear telecast ever for the network, drawing 13.6 million viewers and beating out 13.4 million viewers that watched the 2002 season four premiere of The Sopranos, said HBO.
Overall, season eight of Game of Thrones averaged 44.2 million viewers per episode in gross audience, an increase of more than 10 million viewers when compared to season seven, according to HBO.
HBO’s Emmy-winning series Barry benefited from the big Game of Thrones audience, reaching a series high 2.7 million for its season finale, up 253% compared to last season’s finale of 774,000. The series is currently averaging 4.8 million viewers in gross audiences, up from last year’s 4.4 million, according to HBO.