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GAME OF THRONES Premiere Watched By Record 17.4 Million Viewers

16 April 2019

GoT season 8's first episode refreshed memories showcasing a Northern running through the crowd to catch a glimpse of the Unsullied, who accompanied Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow into Winterfell.

Game of Thrones Season 8 is now underway, with an episode that brings us dragon riding, revelations, and above all else, reunions. Based on the premiere's viewership numbers, it looks likely that the final season of "Game of Thrones" will continue that streak as well.

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Fans of the medieval saga had to wait almost two years for a new development after the showrunners wanted more time write the final six episodes.

That includes 11.8 million television viewers who watched the popular fantasy drama on HBO at 9 p.m. Sunday night. It also was HBO's biggest night ever for streaming, the network said. Season 8 is sure to burn that record right up.

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Monday mornings are going to be all things Game of Thrones for the next few weeks.

"Thrones" has become a TV blockbuster at a time when there's enormous competition from streaming services and social media. That places the leak at only four hours ahead of the premiere, and spoilers were pretty avoidable for fans as long as they weren't all over social media in the final hours before the episode.

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"There was a bit where Jon nearly falls off the dragon - swings round really violent like this - and my right ball got trapped, and I didn't have time to say stop", Harington said in a behind-the-scenes video.

GAME OF THRONES Premiere Watched By Record 17.4 Million Viewers