May 20, 2019
As expected, the season-eight final episode of “Game of Thrones” broke both viewership records for the series as well as HBO.
Initial data suggests the final episode drew 19. 3 million viewers when tabulating initial broadcast, on-demand and some streaming. The tally broke the previous record set May 12 when 18.4 million people watched the penultimate episode broadcast, on-demand and streaming.
The final season is averaging 44.2 million viewers, which is about 10 million more than season seven, according to HBO.
The previous HBO record occurred in 2002 with the fourth-season premiere of “The Sopranos,” which tracked 11.9 million viewers at a time when streaming video and on-demand distribution did not exist.