'Game of Thrones' Season 8 premiere draws 17.4 million viewers in new series high
By Joe Otterson
Apr 15, 2019 | 4:15 PM
"Game of Thrones" opened to massive ratings on Sunday night.
The Season 8 premiere drew 17.4 million viewers across all platforms (linear, HBOGO and HBO NOW), with 11.8 million watching on the linear channel. The Season 7 premiere, by comparison, averaged 16.1 million total viewers, including 10.1 million who watched on the linear channel and the rest coming from DVR and streaming. That also beats the previous series high of 16.9 million viewers for the Season 7 finale.
And that is just one day after the premiere. Once delayed viewing is factored in, the Season 8 premiere will go considerably higher. "Game of Thrones" has thus far managed to build on its ratings every season. According to numbers released by HBO-which included delayed viewing, on-demand, and streaming figures-Season 7 of the epic fantasy series averaged 32.8 million viewers per episode back in 2017. The rest of the seasons averaged the following: