Game of Thrones: Battle of Winterfell sets HBO viewership record


The third episode of the final season of Game of Thrones put up huge numbers on and off the screen last Sunday.

Is it time for Game of Thrones yet? If this week seems like it’s dragging to you, too, here’s a bit of good Thrones news for you.

“The Long Night” was the most-watched Game of Thrones episode and most-watched HBO series in all of WarnerMedia with 17.8 million viewers. This includes live viewings, HBOGo and HBO Now numbers.

Episode 3 of the final season of the popular fantasy series topped the previous record held by “Winterfell,” the season 8 premiere. Three percent more people watched.

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“The Long Night” also took in a 5.28 rating for the key 18-49 adults demographic, only second behind season 7’s finale “The Dragon and The Wolf” (5.70). I can’t imagine any of the last three episodes of the series dipping lower than a 5.2 rating.

In fact, the finale should crush those numbers.

At 82 minutes, the epic Battle of Winterfell was the longest episode of the series and also the longest battle on any television show ever. It had everything, drama, suspense, horror, and action.

And it delivered one of the best moments of the entire series: Arya Stark killing the Night King, thus defeating the Army of the Dead. The memorable episode also included some heartbreaking deaths of characters we’ve come to know (and love) since episode 1.

Rest in peace Jorah and Theon.

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With only three episodes left, we are sure to watch some more beloved characters kick the bucket.

Showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss not only wrote “The Long Night,” they wrote the final three episodes. What do they have in store for us? We’ll find out during the next three Sundays.

Source: Deadline