Game of Thrones Last Season Hits All-Time High

Game of Thrones

Despite criticisms from fans about the show’s latest and final season, the Game of Thrones series finale was the most-watched episode in HBO’s history.

  • 19.3 million viewers watched the episode across HBO, HBO GO, and HBO NOW.
  • 13.6 million watched it live, beating the 2002 Season 4 premiere of The Sopranos, which drew 13.4 million.
  • It’s far from the most-viewed series finale of all time (that honor goes to the last episode of M*A*S*H on CBS with 105.9 million viewers), but it blows the other premium cable networks out of the water. Showtime’s Dexter is the next highest rated non-HBO premium cable show, with the last season averaging 2.36 million viewers.
  • Game of Thrones beat The Big Bang Theory series finale last week, which averaged 18 million viewers.

Here are the most-viewed series finales of all time, according to Business Insider.

  1. M*A*S*H (CBS)—105.9 million viewers
  2. Cheers (NBC)—84.4 million
  3. Seinfeld (NBC)—76.3 million
  4. Friends (NBC)—65.9 million
  5. Magnum P.I. (NBC)—50.7 million
  6. The Cosby Show (NBC)—44.4 million
  7. All In The Family (CBS)—40.2 million
  8. Family Ties (NBC)—36.3 million
  9. Home Improvement (ABC)—35.5 million
  10. Frasier (NBC)—33.7 million
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