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Game of Thrones finale sets record audience for HBO with 19.3M fans tuning in for final episode

Game of Thrones finale sets record audience for HBO with 19.3M fans tuning in for final episode of hit series

The finale of Game of Thrones drew an astonishing 19.3million viewers in the US Sunday evening.

More than 13million viewers watched the initial airing, with six million more streaming or replaying the season 8 finale and series closer, earning the most watched television series in HBO history.

The streaming service said the record number of viewers was across all platforms —  HBO, HBO Go, and HBO NOW — and exceeded the previous series high of 18.4 million viewers set last week.

End of an era: The finale of Game of Thrones drew an astonishing 19.3million viewers in the US Sunday evening

End of an era: The finale of Game of Thrones drew an astonishing 19.3million viewers in the US Sunday evening

‘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,’ HBO said in a statement to AFP.

‘In addition, the episode scored the most-watched single telecast record on HBO ever, with 13.6 million viewers for the 9:00 p.m. airing.’

The previous record for a single telecast in HBO history — 13.4 million — was held by the season four premiere of The Sopranos in 2002.

Dragons: More than 13million viewers watched the initial airing, with six million more streaming or replaying the season 8 finale and series closer, earning the most watched television series in HBO history

Dragons: More than 13million viewers watched the initial airing, with six million more streaming or replaying the season 8 finale and series closer, earning the most watched television series in HBO history

Powerful: The streaming service said the record number of viewers was across all platforms — HBO, HBO Go, and HBO NOW — and exceeded the previous series high of 18.4 million viewers set last week

Powerful: The streaming service said the record number of viewers was across all platforms — HBO, HBO Go, and HBO NOW — and exceeded the previous series high of 18.4 million viewers set last week

The record for the most-watched US television show is still held by the Korean War comedy MASH, which attracted nearly 106 million viewers for the final episode in 1983.

And while audiences had somewhat mixed reviews of the final season of George R. R. Martin’s drama, castmembers spoke out in support of the beloved series.

British actor Isaac Hempstead Wright said on Monday he was thrilled at how the show had transformed his character, Bran Stark, from a 10 year-old boy in a wheelchair to the man finally chosen as king.

Bran the Broken: British actor Isaac Hempstead Wright said on Monday he was thrilled at how the show had transformed his character, Bran Stark, from a 10 year-old boy in a wheelchair to the man finally chosen as king

Bran the Broken: British actor Isaac Hempstead Wright said on Monday he was thrilled at how the show had transformed his character, Bran Stark, from a 10 year-old boy in a wheelchair to the man finally chosen as king

‘Bran becoming king is a victory for the still and considered people of this world, who too often get sidelined by the commotion of those who are louder and more reactionary,” Hempstead Wright, 20, wrote in a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter.

Kit Harrington, who portrayed Jon Snow , told Esquire in April that he ‘doesn’t give a f***’ if people feel let down by the season.

‘In the end, no one’s bigger fans of the show than we are, and we’re kind of doing it for ourselves,’ he said. ‘That’s all we could do, really. And I was just happy we got to the end.’

Yikes: Kit Harrington, who portrayed Jon Snow , told Esquire in April that he 'doesn't give a f***' if people feel let down by the season

Yikes: Kit Harrington, who portrayed Jon Snow, told Esquire in April that he ‘doesn’t give a f***’ if people feel let down by the season

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