Thursday, 19 September, 2019

Game of Thrones finale draws over 1.07m viewers

Game of Thrones Finale Sets Record as Most Watched HBO Episode Ever 'Game Of Thrones' Finale Broke Ratings Record Set By 'The Sopranos'
Lora Ball | 21 May, 2019, 14:00

You're not too late to jump aboard the GoT train and it won't take months to watch through each and every episode of every season.

Game of Thrones' series finale, "The Iron Throne", was watched by a new all-time HBO record 19.3 million viewers across all of its platforms (linear, HBO GO, and HBO NOW) last night.

According to the Hollywood Reporter media outlet, the previous record was set by the previous episode, called The Bells, which was watched by 18.4 million viewers.

This also marks an increase of 21% on the season seven finale in 2017 and a 6% increase on the previous record holder, season eight episode three, 'The Long Night', which held the record of 1.011 million. The show also stands as the most Emmy Award-winning primetime scripted series ever, with a record 47 awards.

The series set among warring families in the fictional kingdom of Westeros, which began in 2011, is HBO's biggest hit. Season 8 is now averaging 44.2 million viewers in gross audience, which marks an increase of more than 10 million.

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Foxtel is the only TV broadcaster that owns the rights to screen HBO's fantasy epic.

Over 1.2 million fans worldwide had signed a Change.org petition by Monday, criticizing Season 8 and calling for a remake.

Programme creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss first pitched the show to HBO in 2006 at a time when YouTube was still a new product. "So many people worked so, so hard on it, and for people to just rubbish it because it's not what they want to see is just disrespectful".

"Whatever critic spends half an hour writing about this season and makes their judgment on it, in my head they can go f**k themselves", he told Esquire.

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