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Game of Thrones finale brings in close to 9 million viewers, sets new record

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Holds steady at more than 23 million viewers a week thanks to streaming

Game of Thrones' season six finale managed to break records for HBO once again, drawing in nearly 9 million viewers. Thanks to the increasing amount of people subscribing to HBO Now, however, the season also became one of the most watched in the network's history, securing more than 23 million viewers on average each week.

According to numbers released by HBO, the finale brought in 8.9 million viewers during the actual telecast, which is close to 1 million more than the fifth season's finale scored last summer. Even more impressive for the network is the number of people in the 18-to-44-year-old demographic. Even with cord-cutting on the rise among a younger generation of consumers, Game of Thrones consistently pulls in some of the highest ratings among that group, second only to AMC's The Walking Dead and on par with Fox's Empire.

Still, despite HBO's impressive ratings for Game of Thrones, it remains second behind The Walking Dead. The zombie show based on Robert Kirkman's comic book of the same name, which returns this fall, scored 14.2 million people for its most recent finale back in April. That marked a 10 percent decrease from last year's finale, but still left it at the top of the television ratings food chain.

Where HBO surpasses networks like AMC and shows like The Walking Dead, however, is in the number of options it gives subscribers to access the show. Thanks to HBO Now, which launched last year and has built up its user base pretty heavily since, 23 million people are watching Game of Thrones every week. This also includes the use of DVRs and HBO GO, the network's other digital platform.

Game of Thrones will return next spring for its seventh season, which will be shorter than any of the previous seasons, according to showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. For a full recap on what went down during the finale, be sure to check that out here.


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