Sunday’s premiere of the final season of the HBO fantasy megahit “Game of Thrones” broke viewership records for the series, with HBO announcing that a record 17.4 million viewers watched the program across the channel’s linear, HBO GO and HBO Now platforms.
The program also delivered the largest night of streaming for HBO, with all of the pay-cable channel’s Sunday night series up significantly.
The 17.4 million figure topped the show’s previous high of 16.9 million viewers for the season seven finale. Compared with the season seven premiere audience of 16.1 million, the season eight premiere grew by more than a million viewers.
“As a testament to the evolving video consumption habits of subscribers, the HBO Now streaming service saw a jump of approximately 50% in viewing when compared to last season’s finale and nearly doubled (97%) when compared to the seventh season premiere,” HBO noted in today’s announcement, adding: “Yesterday accounts for largest night of streaming activity ever for HBO.”
The premiere’s 9 p.m. airing was watched by 11.8 million viewers, topping the season seven premiere of 10.1 million viewers and slightly below the season seven finale of 12.1 million viewers. HBO noted that its linear viewership may have been impacted by its carriage dispute with Dish.
Click here for more numbers and other details in today’s full announcement from HBO.