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Despite Severe Backlash, 'GOT' Series Finale Broke Streaming Records With 19.3 Million Viewers

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'Game of Thrones' series finale aired yesterday, and well, it got a lot of mixed reactions from viewers across the globe. But despite the backlash, the final episode of the series titled, “The Iron Throne,” melted its previous viewership record.

The final episode broke all the viewership records by drawing 19.3 million viewers across HBO's platforms, overtaking the previous series high of 18.4 million viewers set by the previous episode.

The final episode of the series has been receiving a lot of flak on the internet. Fans across the globe think that the showrunners 'rushed' to finish the series. Heck, people have been signed a petition asking the producers to remake the final season with better writers.

Despite all the backlash, almost all episodes of the final series had record-breaking numbers when it comes to the viewership. The first episode drew over 17 million viewers. The number dipped a little for the second episode as it drew 15.9 million viewers. Since then, all the episodes have had over 17 million people watching the show across all HBO's platforms.

Here's a quick look at the viewership numbers for the season 8- 

Episode 1/ Season premiere: 17.4 million

Episode 2: 15.9 million

Episode 3: 17.8 million

Episode 4: 17.2 million

Episode 5: 18.4 million 

Episode 6/ Series finale: 19.3 million

posted May 28, 2019 by anonymous

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