The ratings of the final episode of the ‘Game of Thrones’ are out, and as expected, they have smashed all the previous records.
According to HBO, the finale attracted a staggering 19.3 million viewers across all platforms including HBO, HBO Go, and HBO Now, surpassing the previous record of 18.4 million which was set during the last episode.
Besides, another 13.6 million people watched the 9 pm repeat telecast, making it the most viewed single telecast in the history of HBO.
“Season 8 of Game of Thrones is averaging 44.2 million viewers per episode in the gross audience, an increase of more than 10 million viewers when compared to season 7,” HBO said in a statement.
Previous Record Holder
The premiere of “The Sopranos” season 4 which drew 13.4 million viewers back in 2002 held the previous record of the most viewed telecast.
— Game of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) May 20, 2019
The number may be staggering for HBO, but it doesn’t affect the record held by the Korean War comedy MASH. It remains the most-watched US television show in history, attracting nearly 106 million viewers for the final episode in 1983.
The success of Game of Thrones (despite the disappointing final season) also lifted the Season 2 finale of the comedy show “Barry” whose viewership increased to a whopping 2.7 million – a 250% increase compared to the Season 1 finale which attracted 774,000 viewers last year.
Despite attracting a massive live audience, Season 8’s overall approval rating remained below 70 percent (69%), making it the most disliked season in the fantasy epic’s 8-year-old history.
The finale of the series didn’t even cross the 60% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes. It has become one of the most lowest-rated episodes of the show ever.