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Big battle brings record viewing for HBO's 'Game of Thrones'

Posted at 5:43 PM, Apr 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-30 20:45:38-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) — HBO's "Game of Thrones" has once again ridden a high body count to a record viewer count.

The Nielsen company says Sunday's big-battle episode, the third of the final season, drew 17.8 million viewers either live on the network at 9 p.m., streamed, on-demand or in a rerun that aired later that night.

That made it the week's most-watched show cable or broadcast and the most-watched episode ever of an HBO show, topping the "Thrones" season eight premiere.

The episode featured a long-anticipated battle between the living and the dead that had a sky-high casualty count even for the famously bloody fantasy series.

The May 19 series finale is likely to break records.