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The Game of Thrones Finale Just Beat The Sopranos for This HBO Record

Which obviously means Game of Thrones is better than The Sopranos

Christopher Rosen

No surprise here: Game of Thrones' final episode was the most watched in the history of the HBO series.

The network revealed Monday that a record 19.3 million viewers tuned in to experience "The Iron Throne" across HBO's various platforms (linear, HBO GO, and HBO NOW). That total exceeds the previous series high, which, *checks notes*, was set just last week with the show's penultimate episode. All told, the six episodes that made up Game of Thrones Season 8 set four ratings records for the series.


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More good news: the final episode of Game of Thrones also captured the title of "most-watched single telecast" in HBO's history. The 9 p.m. ET airing was viewed by 13.6 million people, a number that bested the previous record, held by the Season 4 premiere of The Sopranos in 2002, by 200,000.

Across all metrics of viewing, Season 8 of Game of Thrones averaged 44 million people. Not bad.

For those who didn't follow the show, how did Game of Thrones end? Great question! Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) was killed by Jon Snow (Kit Harington) after the genocide of the people of King's Landing in the previous episode; Drogon destroyed the Iron Throne as a result (and took Dany's body far away from the Red Keep); Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) was chosen to lead the Six Kingdoms -- note that there were only six at the end because the North became independent and was ruled by Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner); and Jon went back to the Night's Watch and reunited with Ghost. It was a totally chill finale and no one had any issue with the results!

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Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) on Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 6: "The Iron Throne"

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