6:47am PT by Michael O'Connell
TV Ratings: 'Game of Thrones' Finale Hits Series High as Weekly Audience Continues to Climb
Game of Thrones continues to age well with audiences. Six seasons in, the HBO drama notched another series high with its recent finale.
The original telecast of "The Winds of Winter" pulled 8.9 million viewers to the pay cabler during the premiere showing, outpacing last summer's finale by nearly 800,000 for a new record.
Thrones' overall audience is even more impressive. According to HBO, which combines original telecasts, DVR, encores, on-demand and streams on both HBO Go and HBO Now, the show's sixth season has been grossing 23.3 million weekly viewers. That's up from the comparable stat last season, when HBO had just launched its over-the-top streaming service.
What makes Thrones' numbers all the more impressive is how steady they've been. Weekly live-plus-three-day ratings for the original telecast have hovered just over the 10-million mark for the entire season. And while that's a far cry from AMC's The Walking Dead, still TV's biggest show, it's the second-biggest player on cable this year.
And while ad-free HBO has no need for demos, it's worth noting that Game of Thrones continues to skew young. The finale pulled a 4.4 rating among adults 18-49, easily topping any scripted offering on TV this year outside of Walking Dead and Empire.