Last night, the final episode of Game of Thrones was watched by a record 19.3 million viewers across HBO’s platforms (HBO, HBO GO and HBO NOW), exceeding the previous series high of 18.4 million viewers from last week. In addition, the Game of Thrones series finale ratings mark the most-watched single telecast record on HBO ever, with 13.6 million viewers for the 9:00 p.m. airing.
The previous high (13.4 million) was held by The Sopranos Season 4 premiere on September 15, 2002. Season 8 of Game of Thrones is averaging 44.2 million viewers per episode in gross audience, an increase of more than 10 million viewers when compared to Season 7.
The Barry season finale also reached a series high with 2.7 million viewers across HBO’s platforms on Sunday night, up 253% in comparison to last season’s finale (774,000). Airing just before 10:30 p.m., the initial telecast also reached a series high with 2.2 million viewers, quadrupling the first season finale (548,000 viewers). Barry is currently averaging 4.8 million viewers in gross audience, up from last season’s 4.4 million.
Fans still have the full documentary film, Game of Thrones: The Last Watch, to look forward to. Debuting Sunday, May 26 (9:00–11:00 p.m. ET/PT), British filmmaker Jeanie Finlay’s documentary delves deep into the mud and blood to reveal the tears and triumphs involved in the challenge of bringing the fantasy world of Westeros to life in the very real studios, fields and car-parks of Northern Ireland.
Made with unprecedented access, Game of Thrones: The Last Watch is an up-close and personal report from the trenches of production, following the crew and the cast as they contend with extreme weather, punishing deadlines and an ever-excited fandom hungry for spoilers.
Much more than a “making of” documentary, this is a funny, heartbreaking story, told with wit and intimacy, about the bittersweet pleasures of what it means to create a world — and then have to say goodbye to it.
Game of Thrones: The Last Watch is a Glimmer Films production for HBO. The executive producers are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, and Bernadette Caulfield, The producers are Jeanie Finlay, Rachel Hooper, Martin Mahon; editor, Alice Powell. The movie was filmed by Jeanie Finlay, Mark Bushnell, Louise Liddy, Aaron Black, and Richard Jephcote. The composer is Hannah Peel.