Game of Thrones Season 8 has opened to massive ratings on Sunday night. According to the figures revealed by HBO, the final season premiere managed to draw more than 17.4 million viewers across various platforms including, linear, HBOGO and HBO NOW.
That includes 11.8 million television viewers who watched the popular fantasy drama on HBO at 9 p.m. 14th April, Sunday night.
The rest were viewers who watched two encore presentations, combined with those who streamed the show with the HBO Go or HBO Now apps.
Expected total viewership is to climb upconsiderably once the delayed viewing is also factored into the final numbers.
Sunday, April the 14th had the “largest night of streaming activity ever for HBO,” according to the network.
HBO NOW, also, in addition, saw a jump of approximately 50% in viewing as compared to season 7 finale and also a 97% increase when compared to the seventh season premiere.
The GOT Season 8 premiere also became the most-tweeted episode in the history of fantasy series with more than 5 million tweets on Sunday only.
The Season 7 premiere of the series in comparison received an averaged 16.1 million total viewers, including 10.1 million who watched on the linear channel and the rest were from DVR and streaming.
That has also beaten the previous series high of 16.9 million multi-platform viewers for the Season 7 finale. However, the Season 7 finale drew 12.1 million linear viewers, meaning this season’s premiere was down slightly in that measure.
According to numbers released by HBO, which included delayed viewing, on-demand, and streaming figures–Season 7 of the epic fantasy series averaged 32.8 million viewers per episode back in 2017. The rest of the seasons averaged the following viewers:
-Season 6: 25.7 million
-Season 5: 20.2 million
-Season 4: 19.1 million
-Season 3: 14.4 million
-Season 2: 11.6 million
-Season 1: 9.3 million
Game of Thrones has become a TV blockbuster in time when there is immense competition from streaming services and social media. Not just that the series has become popular culture symbol redefining entertainment in the current era.