By Mike Larkin For Dailymail.com
Published: 01:18 BST, 18 July 2017 | Updated: 01:18 BST, 18 July 2017
If one is hoping to smash a ratings record it helps to have a superstar guest appearance.
And Ed Sheeran helped Game Of Thrones smash an HBO mark as it amassed a whopping 16.1 million total viewers for its season seven debut on Sunday night.
The handsome pop star helped draw the truly mammoth crowd, which saw the show become the subscription cable channel's most watched show to date.
Ratings winner: Ed Sheeran helped Game Of Thrones' season debut become HBO's most watched programme ever
Of the total, around 10.1 viewers watched were traditional viewers who tuned in to see the action as it happened on the network.
The rest either watched on their digital video recorders or through the channel's streaming platforms HBO Go and HBO Now.
However the show was handed a further boost as figures are up more than 50 per cent on the 10.7 million viewers who tuned for last season's