Game of Thrones' final season is proving to be polarizing for fans, but the show is still killing it in the ratings.
Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5, which aired Sunday on HBO reached new highs in the ratings.
In linear viewing, the telecast drew a record 12.5 million total viewers, easily beating the previous record (12.1 million) for Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 7.
With multiplatform viewing factored in, the numbers swelled to 18.4 (!) million viewers. This beats the previous record holder, Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3, which had 17.8 million total viewers.
With one episode remaining, it's likely that the ratings will rise for the series finale, but there's now telling how high the show will go.
Sunday's episode, titled "The Bells" featured many deaths as the battle at King's Landing came to a wild conclusion.
The installment garnered a 48% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, becoming the worst-reviewed episode in the history of the series.
Looking ahead, Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 is the series finale.
It remains to be seen whether the ending will satisfy longtime fans, or if it will recieve a mixed response.
It makes sense that HBO is looking to expand the franchise with spinoffs given the ratings and interest from viewers for the show.
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