Game of Thrones Finale Draws Series-High Ratings

Thrones-650x431The season six finale of Game of Thrones netted 8.9 million viewers, according to Nielsen, when it aired Sunday night, marking a new high-water mark for HBO’s biggest show.

The final episode of this season, “The Winds of Winter,” bested last year’s finale, which took in 8.1 million viewers.

Thrones averaged 23.3 million viewers per week this year, when taking into account viewers across all platforms, including HBO Go and HBO Now streaming services. That represents a 15 percent increase from last year, USA Today reported. This, despite the fact that in May HBO admitted to having inadvertently leaked one of the mid-season episodes.

In addition to being HBO’s biggest show, USA Today notes, it is the only one to run for six year with a consistent increase in viewership.

Despite the success, the series’ creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, confirmed that there will be two more seasons, both of them abbreviated, before they wrap up the show. “We’re trying to tell one cohesive story with a beginning, middle and end,” Benioff told Deadline. “As Dan said, we’ve known the end for quite some time and we’re hurtling towards it.”

This post has been updated for clarification.

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