Game Of Thrones‘ Season Six finale The Winds Of Winter drew its highest ever ratings in the US, pulling in a record 8.9 million viewers.
The show averaged around 23.3 million multi-platform views across the states overall this season.
Last year’s Season Five finale set a previous record of 8.1 million viewers, and the show has been increasing year on year. Season One’s finale averaged 3 million viewers in live plus same day measurements, with the Season Two finale notching up 4.2 million. Season Three’s finale averaged 5.4 million viewers, with the Season Four finale jumping to 7.1 million, reports Variety.
The final episode saw a long-held fans’ theory come true, following the deaths in the previous instalment The Battle Of The Bastards.
Many celebrities joined in the praise for The Winds Of Winter, with Colin Hanks commenting: “When you put together the last two episodes of this season, you get the new high watermark. In so many ways…”
Lily Allen, whose brother Alfie Allen plays Theon Greyjoy in the Sky Atlantic show, wrote: “Jesus fucking Christ. Squad goals #GameofThrones finale.”
When you put together the last two episodes of #GameofThrones of this season you get the new high water mark. In so many ways…
— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) June 27, 2016
Squad Goals #GoTFinale
— LILYALLEN2.0 (@lilyallen) June 27, 2016
Most fans appeared to agree that The Winds Of Winter was the best episode of the series so far, with many commenting that it was the best finale of any television season. Others expressed frustration that they will have to wait until 2017 for the next season.
Game Of Thrones director Jack Bender recently stated that the next two seasons will only have seven episodes each, leading to speculation that the 2018 episode will be the last ever. It was also revealed last week that actors including Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage will have their pay increased to £330,000 per episode for season eight in 2018.
Season 6 of #GameofThrones might have been the greatest season of a television show ever.
— Bruce Greene (@brucegreene) June 27, 2016
Well #GameofThrones just delivered the hell out of that finale. So beautifully crafted and emotional. I'm in complete silent awe.
— Julie Plec (@julieplec) June 27, 2016
— Whitney Blom (@WhitneyBlom) June 27, 2016
— Steve Zaragoza of The Valleyfolk (@stevezaragoza) June 27, 2016