‘Game Of Thrones’ Series Finale Scored All-Time Best Viewership For HBO, Beating 17-Year-Old ‘Sopranos’ Record

The Playlist | 5/20/2019 | Charles Barfield
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It was already a foregone conclusion that last night’s “Game of Thrones” series finale would be the most-watched episode of the year. Each episode leading up to the finale had earned HBO record viewership, and last night was no exception. However, instead of breaking its own viewership records, ‘Thrones’ set an all-time HBO record, dethroning “The Sopranos.”

Today, HBO announced that 19.4 million people tuned into the series finale of “Game of Thrones” last night, including those who watched on the network, as well as the HBO GO and HBO NOW streaming platforms. This is an increase of over 1 million viewers from last week’s penultimate episode.

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However, the big news is with the sheer number of folks that turned the channel to HBO and didn’t bother with the streaming. The network says that an estimated 13.6 million people watched the 9:00 pm telecast on HBO. That just eeks past the previous record of 13.4 million, which was set by the Season 4 premiere of “The Sopranos.” But honestly, the 200,000 viewer difference doesn’t actually paint the whole picture.

Back in 2002, when that episode of “The Sopranos” aired, there was no streaming alternative. There...
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