“The Iron Throne” was the most watched episode of Game of Thrones ever


Last night, HBO aired the Game of Thrones series finale, “The Iron Throne.” In probably the least surprising news you’ve heard all year — maybe ever — a whole lotta people watched it.

To be specific, the initial telecast was watched by 13.6 million fans, which beats the previous record of 12.48 million held by the penultimate episode, “The Bells,” according to Medium. That makes “The Iron Throne” the single most-watched telecast of anything on HBO ever.

When you add in HBOGO and HBO NOW viewers, that number balloons to 19.3 million people, which breaks the record Thrones itself set last week when it had 18.4 million people watching.

All in all, season 8 averaged 44.2 million viewers per episode in gross audience, which is 10 million over what it had in season 7. They’re definitely going out on top.

I guess these are the goals HBO can spend the rest of spend the rest of its existence trying to hit. You have your mission!


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There was also good news for Barry, HBO’s half-hour tragicomedy starring Bill Hader as a former hitman/current actor. The season 2 finale was watched by 2.7 million viewers across all platforms, which is up 253% compared to the season 1 finale.

Of course, having the Game of Thrones series finale lead-in definitely helped. Still, Barry’s an excellent show that deserves an audience, so I’m happy to see more people finding it.

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