The finale of season five of Game of Thrones delivered a record audience of 3.1 million on Sky Atlantic, making it the most-watched programme ever on Sky, aside from live sports events.
The figures for the dramatic finale, which left fans either devastated or delighted, include live audiences for the 2am simulcast and 9pm broadcast on 15th June, as well as fans watching their Sky+ recordings and catching up on demand over the next seven days.
Overall, audiences for the latest series of Game of Thrones were up 42% on the average audience for the previous four series.
The final episode saw Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) embark on her controversial nude walk of shame and – spoiler alert to anyone who didn’t watch it – the apparent death of Kit Harrington’s Night’s Watch stalwart Jon Snow.
Other shocking plot developments saw the defeat of Stannis Baratheon’s army at the hands of Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon), with Stephen Dillane’s great warrior facing apparent execution by Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie).
Sky’s Managing Director of Content Gary Davey said of the viewing figures: “We know our customers love being able to choose how, where and when they watch their favourite show – whether that’s staying up until 2am for the global simulcast or re-watching every episode from the very beginning – and we’re thrilled to offer them that flexibility.
“Re-defining the meaning of ‘must-see TV’, we’re proud to be a part of the Game of Thrones phenomenon. In the aftermath of a record-breaking end to the fifth season on Sky, we can’t wait to see what will happen next.”
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