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Following the record-setting numbers for the Battle of Winterfell, ratings for Game of Thrones retreated just a tiny bit in the final season’s fourth episode.
Sunday’s installment of the HBO juggernaut, “The Last of the Starks,” featured the dawn of a new battle (and an errant coffee cup). It drew 11.8 million viewers for its first airing, down a scant 2 percent from the previous week.
The April 28 episode, “The Long Night,” drew the show’s second-largest initial audience ever (12.02 million viewers) on its way to a single-night record of 17.8 million after replays and streaming. That figure surpassed the 17.4 million for the season eight premiere on April 14.
The 11.8 million who tuned in Sunday is the third-most in the series’ history for an initial airing, behind only the season seven finale (12.07 million) and the previous week.
Streaming figures for Sunday’s episode and the season to date will be added to this post as they become available.
Over the first three episodes of the season, replays and same-night streaming have increased the initial audience by an average of just over 50 percent. If that pattern holds for Sunday’s show, “The Last of the Starks” will end up just shy of the previous week’s record.
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