9:40am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Game of Thrones' Finale Sets Another Personal Best
Once all the cards are on the table, Game of Thrones likely had its biggest season yet — besting the fourth-season's network record of 19.1 million viewers per episode once all live, DVR, on-demand and streaming views were tallied.
But for now, the biggest number viewers have to go on is the live-plus-same-day score for Sunday's season five finale. Inching just past the 7.9 million record set by April's premiere, it raised the bar to a new series high among same-day viewers: 8.1 million.
History has that finale number more than doubling in the coming week, with the premiere's live-plus-7 data adding a cool 10 million and jolting its total audience to 18.1 million viewers. And HBO has no doubt expanded its reach in the 10 weeks since Game of Thrones returned. The premiere was timed to the launch of over-the-top streaming service HBO Now.
As for how many really tuned in on a weekly basis, expect word from HBO to come sometime in July.