SVOD Helps Push New Record Ratings for HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’

HBO said the second episode of the eighth and alleged final season of global hit “Game of Thrones” broke the premiere episode’s record-breaking viewer tally across all platforms.

The April 28 episode reached a series high in gross audience for the night, with 17.8 million viewers watching the battle of Winterfell in the episode titled “The Long Night.”

This tally included two linear TV airings from Sunday night and streaming on HBO Now and TV Everywhere app HBO Go. The 9 p.m. airing amassed 12 million viewers, marking a season high for the time period broadcast.

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The previous gross audience high was 17.4 million viewers for the premiere episode, which has now topped 38 million viewers.

Bill Hader in dark comedy ‘Barry’.

Separately, dark comedy “Barry,” starring Bill Hader as a disillusioned hit man, reached a second-season high in both gross audience and initial broadcast with 2.5 million viewers for the night and just over 2 million viewers at 10:30 p.m. That was 5% above the previous high set April 21.

The data includes two linear airings from Sunday night and streaming on HBO Now and HBO Go.

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