Game Of Thrones' Series Finale Broke A Huge HBO Record

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The final season of the fantasy saga faced sharp criticism among its fans, with over 1.2 million people having signed an online petition, asking HBO to remake the last season 8 "with competent writers". It even took a record previously set by The Sopranos.

More than 19 million US viewers watched the series finale of television's "Game of Thrones" - a record audience for HBO, the cable channel said on Monday.

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DID YOU WATCH the finale of Game of Thrones? Season 8 is now averaging 44.2 million viewers in gross audience, which marks an increase of more than 10 million. The previous record was held for nearly 20 years by The Sopranos season 4 premiere on September 15, 2002, which saw 13.4 million people watching that episode at the same time. For example, the season included five of the six most-watched episodes in the show's history, and THR goes on to note that DVR and replay viewing helped propel the just-ended season to "an unheard-of" 43 million viewers through May 12 - or, an extra 10 million than watched Season 7 on average. This means that the series finale was almost one million ahead of last weekend's 18.4 million overall ratings record. That puts it above the 18.4 million viewers who tuned in to see Daenerys roast King's Landing in the game-changing "The Bells".

"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", it added. Also, remember here to subscribe to CarterMatt on YouTube for more insight, and take a look at all of our coverage from the final season over at our playlist. A lot may depend on how much time passes between the end of Game of Thrones and the premiere of the spinoff.

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