LOS ANGELES: The finale of “Game of Thrones” drew a staggering 19.3 million viewers in the US Sunday evening, cementing the fantasy epic’s status as the most watched television series in HBO history.
The streaming service said the record number of viewers was across all platforms — HBO, HBO Go, and HBO NOW — and exceeded the previous series high of 18.4 million viewers set last week.
“Season 8 of Game of Thrones is averaging 44.2 million viewers per episode in gross audience, an increase of more than 10 million viewers when compared to season 7,” HBO said in a statement to AFP.
“In addition, the episode scored the most-watched single telecast record on HBO ever, with 13.6 million viewers for the 9:00 p.m. airing,” it added.
The previous record for a single telecast in HBO history — 13.4 million — was held by the season four premiere of “The Sopranos” in 2002.
The record for the most-watched US television show is still held by the Korean War comedy MASH, which attracted nearly 106 million viewers for the final episode in 1983.
Adnan Sami’s Twitter account hacked
MUMBAI: International hackers hacked the Twitter account of singer and music composer Adnan Sami Khan and replaced his display picture with the picture of Pakistan premier Imran Khan.
According to reports, the account was hacked by the same group that had earlier targeted Bollywood legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan’s account on the social networking site.
“We would be happy to be visit our brother country Pakistan and have a cup of tea with your esteemed Prime Minister. This will be a great opportunity to visit your country and meet our brothers. @ImranKhanPTI” read one tweet.
Microsoft gives glimpse of new Xbox console
LOS ANGELES: Microsoft on Sunday gave the world a first glimpse of a powerful next-generation Xbox gaming console that it aims to release late next year.
Xbox head Phil Spencer pulled back the curtain on “Project Scarlett,” the creation of a successor to the Xbox One that will give game makers “the power they need to bring their creative visions to life.”
No pricing plans for the new console were revealed at a gala event ahead of the opening of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) video game industry gathering.
The new Xbox was promised to be released in time for the Christmas holiday shopping season in 2020.
“For us, the console is vital and central to our experience,” Spencer said during a media event that showcased 60 new games for Xbox.
Xbox battles in the console gaming arena with Sony, which is working on a new generation PlayStation.
The commitment to consoles by longtime contenders in the market comes with the rise of video games hosted as subscription services streamed Netflix-style from data centers in the internet cloud.
Xbox said at the E3 event that it is adding the ability for players to stream games in their libraries for play on mobile devices with Game Pass subscriptions.
“We will bring Xbox to the cloud with Project and console streaming,” Spencer said.
“Where you play is entirely your choice, you decide.”
The new service will be previewed later this year, according to Microsoft.
Rihanna is the richest female musician: Forbes
Forbes has reported that presently Rihanna, worth $600 million, is the richest female musician on Earth.
According to the publication, the secret of her wealth lies in her recent tie-up with LVMH, and not her music.
It is pertinent to mention here that Madonna is worth $570 million, Céline Dion $450 million while Beyoncé $400 million.