Game of Thrones has always trended high among viewers, buoyed recently by the rise of streaming options. Now, with the season 6 finale in the rearview, early numbers reveal viewership reached an all-time high this past Sunday.
According to Deadline, “The Winds of Winter” hit 8.89 million viewers, besting last year’s season finale of 8.11 million viewers. It appears ratings were especially high among the younger demographic.
Among the 18-49 demo, the S6 finale scored a 4.4 rating—also a GoT best ever result and beat the 4.0 the show had pulled twice earlier this season. That demo rating on the ad-free premium cabler puts GoT up high in the scripted world, only behind the likes of AMC’s The Walking Dead and Fox’s Empire among the 18-49 this season.
Across all platforms, which includes DVR, streaming, and re-airs, recent data suggested the popular show averages about 23.3 million viewers. That’s a staggering number and shows that more and more people continue to tune into the show. With still more storylines hanging in the balance, my guess is the show’s viewership will continue to rise until the series finale, likely ending with season 8.