June 29, 2016


The 'Game of Thrones' Season Finale Ratings Smashed The Series Record


In case you hadn't heard, or you haven't had access to the internet in 24 hours, Sunday night's Game of Thrones season 6 finale was epic. 

And apparently that epic-ness has translated into more ratings success for the HBO hit: According to The Wrap, "The Winds of Winter" broke the series' previous TV ratings record, garnering a total of 8.89 million viewers on Sunday, compared with 8.11 million overall audience members for season 5. 

In terms of Nielsen ratings, the show scored a 4.3 rating in the key 18-49 demographic, according to the rating company's live-plus-same-day metric. The show had only just scraped the 4.0 mark on two prior occasions this season, according to The Wrap.

Per Nielsen, Thrones season finale ratings have been on a steady incline every year: Season 1 notched 3 million viewers in 2011, which steadily inclined up to 7.1 million viewers when season 4 ended. Imagine where the ratings will be when the show (supposedly) ends after season 8?

If ratings talk doesn't do Thrones justice for you, we have a very special episode of the Back of The Class podcast dedicated entirely to "The Winds of Winter":