‘Game of Thrones’ viewership compared to most-watched TV shows ratings

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The premiere of the final season of “Game of Thrones” was watched by 17.4 million viewers across all of HBO’s platforms on Sunday, a series best. But how does that stack up with other popular TV shows?

It’s difficult to compare “Game of Thrones” viewership directly with shows on broadcast and cable networks. The HBO fantasy series is a mega-hit whose viewership includes a lot of HBO Go and HBO Now streaming viewers, as well as people who pirate the show, which would not be captured by traditional Nielsen ratings.

Sunday’s episode, “Winterfell,” was pirated 54 million times in 24 hours, three times the size of HBO’s official viewership figure, according to the piracy-analytics company Muso. The top three countries where the show was pirated were India, China, and the US. Chinese censors cut six minutes of the premiere, which could have prompted fans to seek alternatives.

And HBO said on Monday that…

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