The premiere episode for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones has reached a series high.
According to HBO, last night’s premiere was viewed by 17.4 million viewers, up from the previous series high of 16.9 million viewers for the season seven finale. The season seven premiere, by comparison, garnered 16.1 million viewers. This number accounts for all of HBO’s platforms, including on-air viewings, HBOGO and HBO Now.
HBO Now experienced a jump of about 50% in viewing when compared to the season seven finale, and increased by 97% when compared to the season seven premiere. This also marked the largest night of streaming ever for HBO, with Barry reaching 2.2 million viewers, Veep bringing in 1.5 million viewers and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver coming in at 1.7 million viewers.
Game of Thrones’ all-time viewership record was set by the season seven finale, while the season six premiere episode saw ratings decrease on cable, but increase with streaming services.
In our review of last night’s episode, Winterfell, we called it “Great” saying “Game of Thrones returns with a solid, scene-setting episode that still manages to offer some awesome character moments.”
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