Well, the numbers are in and it’s official: everyone watched the Season 4 premiere of Game of Thrones. Ev-er-y-one. Both via traditional methods…
The fourth-season premiere of the fantasy delivered the show’s biggest audience yet: 6.6 million viewers. That makes Sunday’s Thrones HBO’s most-watched program since The Sopranos’ series finale in 2007. Two replays of the Thrones episode drove the show’s full-night tally up to 8.2 million viewers. [EW]
… and less traditional, less legal methods.
Data gathered by TorrentFreak reveals that half a day after the first episode appeared online over a million people have already grabbed a copy via a torrent site. Earlier [Monday] morning, more than 300,000 people were actively sharing one of the three most-popular torrents. [...]
During the days to come the number of downloads is expected to grow by several millions. Last year Game of Thrones became the most pirated TV-show for the second time, and with [Monday]’s numbers it is well on its way to securing the title for another year. [TorrentFreak]
Couple all of that with the fact that the premiere also broke HBO Go in half like a pair of dollar store sunglasses, and, yes, as I said, everyone watched Game of Thrones. At least to the extent “everyone” means “about the same number of people who watched an episode of Dave’s World in 1995,” which, all things considered, it kinda does. Welcome to the future.