HBO’s hit fantasy TV series, Game of Thrones, is no stranger to breaking its own record for viewer count. The season 5 premiere last year accomplished such a feat, follows soon after by the season finale. With season 6’s premiere on Sunday, the high point was raised yet again with an overall total of 10.7 sets of peepers fixated on their screens – both TV and computer screens, that is. That’s up by 0.4 million from the previous total viewing record.
There’s a slight catch to that number, however. Of those 10.7 million, nearly eight million views were on the actual boob tube airing. The rest were seen through encore showings or downloaded online. In fact, TorrentFreak reported over 1 million streams in just half a day. Guess that means Game of Thrones is popular. Also, keep in mind, these are the Nielsen ratings, which measure only United States television views.
Here’s a very short trailer for the second episode of the season, scheduled for May 1, 2016:
Game of Thrones began its run on April 17, 2011, as an adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s novel series, “A Song of Ice and Fire.” Filmed largely in Ireland and Malta, Martin himself is also credited as a co-executive and writer for the TV series.