Game of Thrones season 8 debut breaks HBO rating records


The pay channel said the 17.4 million viewers who watched Sunday’s episode either on TV or online represent a season-opening high for the fantasy saga. Advertising

Reflecting increasing audience fondness for streaming, HBO saw about a 50 per cent increase in online viewing compared to last season’s finale. HBO Now also posted its biggest streaming night ever, the channel said Monday. The episode topped the 16.1 million who saw the seventh-season premiere and the 16.9 million who watched that season’s finale. Game of Thrones ultimately averaged 32.8 million viewers per episode last season in cumulative TV and online viewership, HBO said. In comparison to the season-seven premiere, the streaming audience nearly doubled. 0