Game of Thrones Season 6 Finale Sets Ratings Record, Here's How Many People Watched

HBO's fantasy show is rare in that viewership has risen with every new season.


The numbers are in, and Sunday's Game of Thrones Season 6 finale was a huge hit in terms of ratings. The episode, "The Winds of Winter," drew 8.9 million viewers, HBO announced today. That represents a new all-time record, beating Season 5's finale (8.1 million viewers).

These figures, obtained by Entertainment Weekly, pertain to the show's 9 PM debut hour only.

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When factoring in all major viewing sources (streaming, DVR, repeats), Game of Thrones Season 6 averaged 23 million viewers per episode, up 15 percent compared to Season 5. As EW points out, Game of Thrones is something of a rarity, in that its viewership has grown every season.

In other news about Game of Thrones, you can watch this SPOILER-FILLED video of President Barack Obama trying to list off all the characters who died on the show over the years.

Additionally, showrunner David Benioff recently talked about plans for Season 7 and how he wants the show to wrap up.

You can watch the latest episode of GameSpot of Thrones to see editors analyze the events of the season finale, discuss the potential ramifications, and make a few predictions.

For those who'd rather hear all that instead of watch it, GameSpot of Thrones is on iTunes and the RSS link is available here for other platforms.

HBO has not yet announced a premiere date for Game of Thrones Season 7, but it's expected sometime in 2017. In other news, it's been reported that the show's lead actors are getting major pay raises for Seasons 7 and 8.

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