‘Game of Thrones’ scores record ratings with Season 8 premiere

Sunday’s final season premiere of “Game of Thrones” earned HBO a record audience for the hit fantasy drama – and that’s not even counting delayed viewing.

The one-hour eighth-season opener drew an average TV audience of 11.8 million viewers Sunday, HBO said, citing preliminary Nielsen estimates. That’s up from 10.1 million for the Season 7 premiere on July 16, 2017, but is down slightly from the record 12.1 million set by the Season 7 finale on Aug. 27, 2017.

When streaming on HBO Now and HBO Go is factored in, the “Thrones” premiere audience jumped to a record 17.4 million, up from 16.9 million for the Season 7 finale.  (Sunday also marked the single most streaming activity in HBO history.)

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All seven episodes of Season 7 averaged 32.8 million including TV, streaming, DVR and on-demand viewing, its biggest total yet.  This final six-episode season is poised to eclipse that figure, and continues the “Thrones” claim as the most-watched series in HBO history.

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