HBO said on Monday that 17.4 million viewers watched Game of Thrones' eighth season premiere on April 14, with this figure combining viewers from multiple airings and platforms, including streaming. That's the best viewership Game of Thrones has ever received, with the previous record being the season seven finale, which drew 16.9 million viewers in 2017. It's also up from the season seven premiere, which scored 16.1 million viewers. The season 8 premiere is now HBO's biggest telecast ever, as well as the most-watched scripted show of the year, surpassing an episode of The Big Bang Theory that drew 14.1 million viewers.

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