Love it or otherwise — and the dust from that debate’s definitely going to take some time to settle — a whole lot of people tuned in to watch the series finale of Game of Thrones.
HBO says a series record 19.3 million people watched Sunday night’s broadcast when you add up the views on HBO, HBO GO, and HBO NOW. That handily beats the previous record 18.4 million people who watched the penultimate episode on May 12.
HBO says the Game of Thrones series finale also set a single-telecast viewing record for any show in their history, topping the previous record-high 13.4 million people who watched the season four premiere episode of The Sopranos on September 15, 2002.
HBO’s award-winning dark comedy Barry, starring Bill Hader and Henry Winkler, definitely benefited from the Game of Thrones lead-in Sunday. Its season two finale, which aired immediately after GoT, posted a series record 2.2 million viewers, HBO says, more than four times what its first-season finale drew.
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