Ratings: “Game Of Thrones” Jumps To Viewership High For Second-To-Last Episode

The penultimate “Game Of Thrones” set a new high for live+same-day viewership.

Game Of Thrones S8E5 by Helen Sloan/HBO

Last week’s “Game Of Thrones” endured slight episode-to-episode declines in adults 18-49 and overall viewership.

This week’s episode made up that lost ground — and then some. It achieved a season high in adults 18-49 as well as a series high in overall viewership.

According to L+SD data posted by Showbuzz, Sunday’s “Thrones” drew a 5.41 adults 18-49 rating and averaged 12.48 million overall viewers.

The numbers top the 5.07 rating and 11.80 million mark posted by last week’s broadcast. The adults 18-49 rating, moreover, represents the show’s second-best on record (after the 5.70 delivered by the season seven finale). The viewership mark is a new high for the HBO hit.

As strong as the live+same-day numbers are, they do not at all capture the totality of the show’s ratings resonance. “Game Of Thrones” has been adding upwards of 5 million viewers via same-night streams on HBO NOW and HBO GO. It receives additional spikes from delayed viewing.

This past Sunday’s episode was the show’s penultimate installment; the series finale airs on May 19. Even with negative critical feedback for recent story and character developments, the episode should have no problem setting new ratings highs.

Written by Brian Cantor

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