Game of Thrones ended its penultimate season on a record-shattering note. Sunday’s super-sized Season 7 finale drew a series-high 12.1 million viewers in its initial 9/8c airing. The number jumps to 16.5 million when replays and streaming are factored in.
That’s up 40 percent compared to the Season 6 finale (8.9 million viewers), and 13 percent over the previous most-watched outing (Season 7’s “Eastwatch,” which drew 10.7 million viewers).
For historical perspective’s sake, the Emmy-winning drama’s first five season finales delivered, respectively, 3 million, 4.2 million, 5.4 million, 7.1 million and 8.1 million total viewers.
TVLine readers gave this year’s 80-minute closer an average grade of “A-.”