/// Game of Thrones Is the Most Popular Show on HBO, Ever

June 5, 2014  |  Media Week

The adventures of Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow (among other characters, most of whom are probably dead now) have officially beaten out another HBO series with a lot of sudden deaths: The Sopranos. HBO confirmed that the series now boasts an average gross viewership (bear in mind that's across multiple airings of each show) of 18.4 million viewers, edging out Tony and Carmella's 18.2 million average. The show is such a ratings juggernaut that it's sapping a huge number of viewers from the ratings pool on Sunday evenings—and it's not just linear viewership, either. Without advertisements to deliver, HBO has been free to launch an app that now shows its original programs simultaneously with the linear broadcast. This has been great for the network's visibility but not as great for its servers, which crashed earlier this season when record viewer numbers flooded the app to find out who was next up for a beheading. It's also the most pirated show on television, according to peer-to-peer news site TorrentFreak , but as far as Time Warner chief Jeff Bewkes is concerned, that's a great thing . “That's better than an Emmy,” he blithely told an analyst who informed him of the stat on an earnings call. Game of Thrones was recently renewed for not just a fifth season but a sixth as well . This


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