The fourth season of Game of Thrones was unveiled last night to massive numbers. According to Deadline, 6.6 million U.S. viewers tuned in to watch the fourth season’s first episode, resulting in the most watched Game of Thrones episode to date. As if that isn’t enough, HBO Go crashed last night under the weight of way too many users attempting to stream at the same time. HBO tweeted: “Looks like there’s trouble in the realm. Apologies for the inconvenience. We’ll be providing updates, so please stay tuned. #GameofThrones.”
To give you an idea of just how big a turnout these numbers are, simply compare them to past big episodes of the highly popular show. The first episode of season three brought in 4.4 million, while the show’s most watched episode, season 3’s “The Climb”, brought in an audience of 5.5 million.
This may be Game of Thrones’ most watched episode to date, but it doesn’t come close to the numbers that tuned in to see what would become of Tony Soprano in the series finale of The Sopranos. An impressive 11.9 million viewers hit HBO to watch that final episode.
With Game of Thrones’ numbers showing no sign of dwindling, it’s fair to say that we’ll be watching the series for some time to come.