After a wait that felt so long as winter north of the Wall, Game of Thrones returned for its closing season on Sunday evening.
And for those who spent the night cringing when Jon made out together with his aunt, or cheering when Bran stared daggers into Jaime’s soul, you definitely had lots of firm.
The numbers for the premiere of Game of Thrones Season 8 are in — and they’re staggering.
Across all platforms (HBO, HBO GO and HBO NOW), a whopping 17.four million individuals tuned in on Sunday evening.
And that quantity is definite to develop as extra viewers return to Winterfell within the days to return.
It’s formally GoT’s largest episode so far, edging out the Season 7 finale, which drew in a then-unbelievable 16.9 million viewers.
What could also be much more shocking than the multi-platform numbers is the truth that greater than 11 million individuals watched the premiere the old school method — by sitting down in entrance of the TV and turning on HBO.
That’s the kind of occasion viewing that hardly ever occurs anymore — and it is what each community exec prays to the Seven Gods for.
It’s additionally only one of some ways by which Thrones is a throwback juggernaut within the rankings division.
These days, even common exhibits are likely to limp alongside and lose viewers as they attain the seven or eight season mark. But not Game of Thrones.
GoT rankings have been climbing steadily for the reason that very begin, starting with a relatively paltry 9.three million in Season 1 and swelling to a whopping 32.8 million for Season 7.
(Those figures incorporate delayed viewing, on-demand, and streaming figures.)
For comparability, enormous community hits like This Is Us and The Big Bang Theory very hardly ever crack 20 million dwell viewers — and GoT is placing up related numbers on a subscription service.
In phrases of the response from viewers, the premiere was met with overwhelming acclaim.
Though there have been a number of holdouts who appeared to anticipate extra after such a prolonged absence (The Game of Thrones Season 7 finale aired method again in August of 2017.), and felt that the installment had the sensation of a “place-setting” episode that was extra involved with setting the stage for issues to return than with delivering an explosive hour of tv.
And to that we are saying, [SPOILER ALERT] solely Game of Thrones may ship dragons, zombies, revelations of incest, characters reuniting after seven seasons, and different main characters crossing paths for the very first time — and nonetheless have viewers demanding extra.
Oh, how we’ll miss it when it is gone.