June 16, 2015 2:00 PM EDT

The Game of Thrones’ epic season finale drew the show’s largest audience ever.

The episode—which set the Internet abuzz with reactions—drew 8.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen “live plus same-day” estimates, despite coinciding with the NBA finals in most parts of the country. The fifth-season sendoff saw ratings 13% higher than last week’s episode (7.14 million) and last season’s finale (7.09 million).

And if your Twitter feed seemed like it was exclusively Game of Thrones-related content, that may be because it was. The finale also landed atop the Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings weekly list, with 436,000 relevant tweets seen by 5.1 million people.


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