‘Game of Thrones’ Slays Its Own Ratings Record With Season 7 Finale
Wasn’t that cute.
The Season 7 finale just obliterated that record — with more than a million viewers to spare!
In July, 10.1 million people tuned in to the premiere, “Dragonstone.”
This past Sunday, however, 12.1 million people turned on HBO to watch the finale, “The Dragon and the Wolf,” as Deadline reports.
That marks a series high for the hit drama — the highest ratings the show has ever gotten — which is quite a feat for a show in its seventh season.
Thrones actually broke the same record two weeks prior with the August 13 “Eastwatch” episode, when 10.7 million viewers watched.
But the “Dragon and the Wolf” ratings are up 13 percent over that “Eastwatch” threshold.
Fast forward to 2017, and the Season 7 finale bested the Season 6 finale by 36 percent.
Plus, that season-capper gave HBO stellar numbers for the entire night.
Deadline says the comedies Ballers and Insecure also hit series highs on August 27 — up 10 percent and 1 percent, respectively, over their previous record-breaking episodes.
Now here’s the kicker: That number for “The Dragon and the Wolf” only accounts for people who watched it live on TV — you know, the old-fashioned way.
If you count the viewers who tuned into the first replay of the episode or who watched it on HBO Go and HBO Now, that number goes up to 16.5 million, Deadline says.
You may have heard of another little HBO show called Westworld.
Though that hit series and Game of Thrones share a lot of love, Thrones’ ratings in its first season still best the ratings for Westworld’s debut season.
In fact, a graph published by Watchers on the Wall shows that Thrones’ ratings have only gone up and up, while past HBO hits like True Blood and Boardwalk Empire started losing viewers as they aged.
Now that it has broken its own ratings record, we’ll see if Game of Thrones can smash through its own Emmys record come September 2018!
Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres in either 2018 or 2019.