Game of Thrones has paid dividends for Foxtel with the finale attracting the subscription TV operator's largest ever audience for a single show.
The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, especially thanks to this strong showing as the series comes to a close, is averaging 44.2 million viewers per episode in gross audience, which is an increase of more than 10 million viewers when compared to last season. Sure, last weekend's penultimate "The Bells" broke all of the previous ratings records that Thrones had set, but the finale took the cake.
The pay-TV provider claims Season 8 was the most engaging audience yet, notching a cumulative linear average audience of 1.413 million viewers per episode across episodes 1-4.More news: Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale to appear before court
Considered the most watched TV drama of all time, Foxtel allowed Australians to join the rest of the world and view the series finale in global television simulcast. Yes, that's right - 13.6 million people tuned in to HBO itself to watch the final Thrones episode. Season 8 is now averaging 44.2 million viewers in gross audience, which marks an increase of more than 10 million.
In our review of Game of Throne's series finale, which concluded a journey began all the way back in 2011, we said it was "a bittersweet if underwhelming climax to a show that's been a true cultural obsession".
On Monday, many fans wanted a sequel based around Arya Stark (played by Maisie Williams), who is last seen aboard a ship to explore lands unknown.More news: Lauren London Honors Nipsey Hussle With Beautiful Beach Pictures
Kit Harington, who fans know as Jon Snow, was furious at critics, telling them to "go f**k themselves", after fans were unhappy with the abrupt death of a fan favourite and an unusual choice for ruler.
Over 1.2 million fans worldwide had signed a Change.org petition by Monday, criticizing Season 8 and calling for a remake.More news: Listen to Tyler, the Creator's new album 'IGOR'