Game of Thrones season 8 ep 1 draws 17.4 mn viewers across platforms, breaks HBO and series' viewership records
Game of Thrones season 8 premiere topped the 16.1 million who saw the season 7 premiere and the 16.9 million who watched that season’s finale
The pay channel said the 17.4 million viewers who watched Sunday’s episode either on TV or online represent a season-opening high for the fantasy saga.
HBO Now also posted its biggest streaming night ever, the channel said on Monday, 15 April.
The episode topped the 16.1 million who saw the seventh-season premiere and the 16.9 million who watched that season’s finale.
Reflecting increasing audience fondness for streaming, HBO saw about a 50 percent increase in online viewing compared to last season’s finale. In comparison to the season-seven premiere, the streaming audience nearly doubled.
Game of Thrones ultimately averaged 32.8 million viewers per episode last season in cumulative TV and online viewership, HBO said.
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