Game of Thrones Season Premiere Watched by 17.4 Million Viewers

Tabitha Dunn
April 16, 2019

The Season 8 premiere of "Game of Thrones" drew a record 17.4 million USA television viewers, cable channel HBO said on Monday. If you have watched the first episode, which was a reunion one, episode two preview is going to be disappointing as it is the beginning of the Battle of Winterfell.

The pay channel said the 17.4 million viewers who watched Sunday's episode either on TV or online represent a season-opening high for the fantasy saga. A boost in viewership this season could also help HBO promote other new shows. It had the "largest night of streaming activity ever for HBO", according to the network.

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For reference, the show's seventh season averaged 10.26 million viewers in its initial airings and 32.8 million with streaming, DVR viewing, on-air replays, and on-demand included. Though we later found out its relevance to the White Walkers, a similar design popped up again in the Season 8 premiere around the wight Ned Umber. And now it's time to journey back into the wild podcasting world of EW's Game of Thrones Weekly, where we spend every Monday discussing the latest events in Westeros (and beyond). In fact, it looks as if he's standing "trial" of sorts, fielding questions from Sansa, Dany, and Jon Snow. That places the leak at only four hours ahead of the premiere, and spoilers were pretty avoidable for fans as long as they weren't all over social media in the final hours before the episode.

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