Nearly 3.4 million Britons have been tuned to see Game of Thrones, eighth premiere in the first 24 hours
- Sky has announced a record breaking 3.4 million, which has seen a new series premiere
- Around 19200 people stayed to watch Game of Thrones at 2 o'clock on Monday
- Another 2.7 m viewed during the day before 698,000 had seen 9 o'clock in the evening
- It beats the previous record of 3.03m that saw the seventh final in 2017
A record-breaking 3.4 million Britons agreed yesterday to the first episode of the last series of Game of Thrones, it turned out today.
The premiere of the eighth season was broadcast for the first time at 2:00 AM in the UK, while simultaneously broadcast in the US on HBO, with nearly 200,000 superfans staying up late to be the first to see what's in Westeros happened.
A total of 2.7 million, including the nightly viewers, watched the episode, called Winterfell, throughout the day on request or by recording it, before another 698,000 were tuned into a 9-hour screen on Sky Atlantic.
The total 3.4 million viewers combined is a new record for Sky, beating the last episode of season seven, which was watched by a total of 3.03 million people.
Winterfell was also 20 percent higher than the first episode of season seven, with an audience of 2.8 million.
Nearly 3.4 million Britons saw the return of Game of Thrones yesterday in a record-breaking audience for Sky, including 192,000 who stayed until 2 o'clock to watch the first episode of series eight (photo) broadcast at the same time as was shown on HBO in the US.
Many viewers were excited to see the return of the dragons of Queen Daenerys Drogon, right and Rhaegal, left
Fans welcomed familiar faces, including Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, left, and Lena Headey as Queen Cersei
Meanwhile, it also broke records in the US, where according to HBO viewers reached a peak of 17.4 million, overshadowing the previous high of 16.9 million viewers for the 2017 season finale.
It comes after anticipation has been steadily built up for the debut of the new series after almost two years without the popular show.
The number is expected to increase significantly as more Game Of Thrones fans catch up with the series premiere on their demand, via Sky + recordings and through repetitions.
After the broadcast, fans in the UK said they were relieved that they "could finally get out of their hiding place" after reaching the series' eight debut without hearing any spoilers.
Many people tuning in to the second show said they had been kept away from social media all day in case one of the program's secrets was spilled before they could see for themselves.
British fans went to social media to share their sense of anticipation, which led to madness in the minutes before the episode was broadcast
A billion submitted as the long-awaited Game of Thrones started its eighth and final season on HBO Sunday evening with the season premiere, the first of a final season of six episodes
Twitter was dominated for hours by excited Game Of Thrones after the show was broadcast, with many the episode & # 39; incredible & # 39; mentioned
Many fans were happy with the episode, in particular the reunion between Arya Stark and Jon Snow
The eighth season of Game of Thrones is said to be the most expensive TV season ever, with a budget of $ 15 million (£ 11.5 million).
And on social media, Sunday's premiere was the show's two-fold episode ever, with more than 5 million tweets and 11 million listings over the weekend, HBO said.
The fan reaction was overwhelmingly positive, with different viewers watching the first episode & # 39; incredible & # 39 ;, & # 39; amazing & # 39; and & # 39; worth the wait & # 39; called. Fan Ollie Hodge wrote: & # 39; The worst thing about staying up to 2 hours to watch #GameofThrones thinks you can sleep after it !! That was incredible !! @GameOfThrones @HBO_UK. & # 39;
Celebrity obsessives also came on the act, led by actress Reese Witherspoon, Tony prize winner Kristin Chenoweth and US Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon. Witherspoon tweeted in the crazy hours before the opening credits: & # 39; Have a very important date with my bank tonight … excited is an understatement !!!!!! #GameofThrones #MotherofDragons. & # 39;
And what to say if you have NOT looked … A bluff guide for Game of Thrones
It has millions of fans around the world, but believe it or not that there are some television viewers who still have to watch an episode of Game of Thrones.
The series tells the story of warring families and their attempts to control their Westeros world, based on the famous American writer George RR Martin & # 39; s epic fantasy novels & # 39; A Song of Ice and Fire & # 39 which are believed to have been loosely inspired by the wars of the roses. .
Among them, the serious Northerners are the Starks – originally led by Sean Bean's patriarch, Ned – and the Lannisters – the blond hungry clan with incestuous brothers Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), plus their younger generation. brother, family outcast, Tyrion, played by Peter Dinklage.
Oh yes, and there are dragons. Three to be precise, sometimes controlled by Daenerys Targaryen of Emilia Clarke, who sees the Iron Throne of Westeros as her birthright, after her father and brother were killed in a bloody uprising, in which the Starks and Lannisters played an important role, before the start of the series.
In the meantime, a bunch of frightening blue-eyed White Walkers and their army of resuscitated zombies, also known as Wights, were able to make the rest of the characters' battles completely meaningless as they ominously stuck down from the snowy north, threatening everyone in their wake.
Sometimes written off as & # 39; t ** s and dragons & # 39 ;, especially by Lovejoy star Ian McShane, who gave a memorable cameo in the sixth GoT series, the show is especially famous for its spicy sex scenes and the grizzly bear Deaths affecting most of the characters (current number of deaths, 174,373 from the end of series 7).