Game of Thrones has set a new record for itself in terms of ratings with its season six finale on Sunday night. The finale’s premiere was viewed by 8.9 million viewers on live television, the highest ever for the show’s debut hour. The previous record was set by the season five finale, which raked in .8 million viewers less at 8.1 million viewers.
Game of Thrones is up in the ratings versus the previous season, averaging over 23 million viewers per episode after counting all forms of viewing (repeated viewers, HBO Go, HBO Now, DVR, etc.). This is a 15% boost in ratings from season five. Game of Thrones, is one of a small group of television dramas which manages to grow each season with Breaking Bad being the other one in recent memory.
Live TV ratings for the episode were up 6%, on-demand up 4%, and streaming on HBO Go and HBO Now were up 70% over the prior two seasons. This is likely the sign of an increase in so-called cord-cutters.
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