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'Game of Thrones’ Finale Draws Record 12.1M Viewers at 9 p.m.

The season finale of Game of Thrones on HBO drew 12.1 million viewers, a series high, for its 9 p.m. airing.

HBO says that later viewing, on both the linear reruns of the episode and people watching on HBO Go and HBO Now increased Sunday night’s viewing to 16.5 million.

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The viewing was 13% above the previous record of 10.7 million viewers set two weeks ago. The season seven finale topped the season six finale by 36%. It also topped this year’s debut episode by 35%.

HBO says the interest in Game of Thrones boosted its original series Ballers to a series high of 2.9 million viewers.

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