The final thrilling episode of Game of Thrones Season 7 has pulled another record figure for Foxtel.
The 11am broadcast drew a massive 561,000 viewers and the 8:30pm replay was 306,000, a total of 867,000 viewers nationally.
That eclipses both the S7 premiere (799,000) and the S6 finale (737,000).
The 11am broadcast figure includes those who recorded it on their IQ and watched it later -many view it as soon as they get home from work, not prepared to wait for the 8:30 replay. The figure also does not include +2 channels nor those with Foxtel Now.
Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television said, “Winter may have come to Westeros, but last night’s ratings prove that Game of Thrones on Foxtel is hotter than ever. The incredible success of this worldwide phenomenon is evident not just from its gripping storytelling, unrivalled cinematography and nail-biting action, but from the response of its fans who tuned in to Foxtel in record numbers to watch the outstanding final episode of the season. The overnight performance of the series on Foxtel in Australia has eclipsed many global territories, including the U.K. It’s a phenomenal result for the company.”
The finale also lit up social media, with Aussie tweets peaking just after midday as these heat maps indicate, and even NSW Police getting in on the act.
We know most of you want race home faster than Gendry to watch #GameofThrones, but please be patient & respect other drivers' Wight of way.
— NSW Police (@nswpolice) August 28, 2017
Foxtel used the big audience to promote its upcoming highlights including a trailer for the upcoming A Place to Call Home season, but it will be a long time before dragons enter the building again.