We had one hell of a body count during Sunday night’s episode of ‘Game of Thrones,’ and we’re not just talking about on screen. The highly anticipated episode, appropriately titled “The Long Night” given that it was the shows longest episode ever, delivered the HBO series’ largest audience with a record of 17.8 million viewers, including replays and streaming.
Now the episode was solely devoted to the epic Battle of Winterfell, which basically pitted the forces of the dead aka The White Walkers and the big bad Night King against the forces of the living aka Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, and all their rallied troops.
The viewership also surpasses the 17.4 million first-night viewers for the season premiere on April 14. Not only that but “The Long Night’s” on-air debut drew 12.02 million people, the second-largest audience ever for an initial airing of ‘Game of Thrones,’ only trailing behind the season seven finale which drew in 12.07 million viewers.
‘Game of Thrones’ is HBO’s most-watched series ever and currently the biggest scripted series on TV by a wide margin. And it looks like social media also seems to agree.
Twitter says “The Long Night” sparked 7.8 million tweets, the most ever for an episode of a scripted series, and we still have 3 more episodes to go before the big finale.