The numbers are in, and last night’s Game of Thrones season 7 finale was the most-watched episode in the history of the series. That claim might sound a little familiar, but according to HBO a whopping 12.1 million viewers tuned in for the live broadcast of “The Dragon and the Wolf” last night. That number jumps to 16.5 million if you include streaming services like HBO Go.
A whopping 12.1 million viewers (not even counting streaming)
It’s another big victory for everyone’s favorite dragon show as it closes out its seventh season, which has broken its own viewership records not once, but now four times across the season’s seven episodes.
To put things in perspective, that 12.1 million number doesn’t just make the Game of Thrones finale the most watched episode of the series — it puts the show ahead of the AMC juggernaut The Walking Dead. That show’s most recent finale only pulled in 11.35 million viewers, despite it airing on a basic cable network.
While Game of Thrones may be off our television screens for a while, it no doubt will continue breaking viewership records whenever its eight and final season does eventually roll along.