Game of Thrones: Season 7 finale becomes series’ most watched episode ever
Game of Thrones season seven finale set a ratings high for HBO by becoming the most watched episode ever in the series.
The 80-minute-long final episode, titled ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’, saw a total of 12.1 million viewers tune in on Sunday, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The figure is up by 13% from the previous record high two weeks earlier and 36% higher than the season 6 finale. The number climbs to 16.5 million if HBO’s replays and streaming area numbers are added.
This season of the fantasy drama, considered the most popular show in television, was overshadowed by leaks and a cyber attack on the network.
The finale, however, was not compromised liked the two earlier episodes which were leaked online in advance from HBO’s streaming partners in India and Spain.
Shooting on the eighth and final season is slated to begin in October.
The season is expected to consist of six episodes and will debut either in the latter half of 2018 or, some say more likely, early 2019.