A total of 12.1 million viewers watched
Sunday's seventh season finale, titled "The Dragon and the
Wolf," up 36 percent from the 8.9 million viewers who watched
the season six finale. Viewership from replays and streams on
HBO's on-demand apps boosted the overall Sunday ratings to 16.5
The seventh and penultimate season of Emmy-winning "Game of
Thrones" drew an overall 30.8 million viewers, up nearly 8
million viewers from last season and cementing it as the
most-watched show on Time Warner Inc's premium cable network
The record ratings came after hackers stole data and content
from HBO and leaked it online, including scripts and unaired
episodes of "Game of Thrones."
The seventh season saw the show's lead characters head towards a
great battle over the Iron Throne reigning over the Seven
Kingdoms of Westeros, while a zombie army of White Walkers, led
by the undead Night King, march south and threaten mankind's
Characters Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen finally came together
to join forces against the White Walkers, the remaining Stark
children reunite at their home in Winterfell and enact a
satisfying revenge against master manipulator Petyr Baelish.
The Lannister siblings also reunite in King's Landing in a tense
meeting that puts their family ties to the test.
Medieval fantasy "Game of Thrones," based on George R.R.
Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" books, has won numerous Emmy
awards including best drama series last year. It is not eligible
for this year's Emmy awards due to its summer premiere after
production was pushed back to capture more winter landscapes for
the storyline, but it will be back on the roster for next year's
Ahead of the show's final eighth season next year, a series of
spin-offs is being developed.
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)
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