HBO’s smash hit “Game of Thrones” has only one more episode left to air, and as it continues down the home stretch it continues to shatter viewership records.
The pay-cable channel announced that Sunday’s penultimate episode, “The Bells,” was watched by a record 18.4 million viewers across HBO’s platforms (linear, HBO GO and HBO NOW), exceeding the previous series high of 17.8 million for the episode “The Long Night,” which aired April 28 and featured the Battle of Winterfell.
“In addition to the series high for the night, the 9 p.m. airing reached a time-period high for ‘Game of Thrones,’ with an average of 12.5 million viewers, surpassing the season seven finale of 12.1 million viewers,” HBO noted. “Season eight of ‘Game of Thrones’ is averaging 43 million viewers per episode in gross audience, an increase of more than 10 million viewers when compared to season seven.”
HBO also noted that Sunday’s “Veep” series finale, which aired just before 11 p.m., reached a season-high 1.1 million viewers. The first replay and viewing on HBO’s streaming services brought total viewing to 1.6 million viewers, also a season high.
The “Game of Thrones” series finale is scheduled for this Sunday, May 19.