The highly anticipated seventh season Game of Thrones debuted last night to record breaking ratings for HBO.
A total of 16.1 million viewers tuned in for the long-awaited premiere across all of HBO’s platforms including HBO GO, DVR, and repeat airings. The total itself represents a 50% increase over last year’s season premiere.
The season 7 premiere also generated a total of 2.4 million tweets, becoming the show’s most-tweeted episode of all time.
To put the numbers into perspective, the first season saw an average of 3.3 million viewers tune in for the premium cabler’s fantasy series. Naturally, that number increased dramatically as the series went on to become a pop culture phenomenon. Season 6 averaged over 25 million viewers per episode across the channel’s domestic platforms.
Game of Thrones stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Aidan Gillen as Petyr Baelish, Liam Cunningham as Ser Davos Seaworth, Carice van Houten as Melisandre, Rory McCann as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, Conleth Hill as Varys, Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy, John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane, Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark, Jerome Flynn as Bronn, Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont, Hannah Murray as Gilly.
Game of Thrones continues next Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. You can watch the promo for the second episode here.