With the endless leaks this season for HBO and Game of Thrones, some fans were convinced that there would be a poor showing in the viewership numbers, as a result.
Once again, they were wrong- Game of Thrones is unstoppable.
Entertainment Weekly reports that not only was this Sunday’s new GoT episode a ratings smash, but “Beyond the Wall” is the second-highest rated episode of all time for the show.
Per EW, “Beyond the Wall” picked up 10.2 million viewers during the 9 PM airing, which ties episode 4, “The Spoils of War”. The reigning champ remains “Eastwatch,” which set the new record last week with an astounding 10.7 million viewers tuning in. EW says that, “If you include repeats and streaming, ‘Beyond the Wall’ is already up to 14.2 million viewers across all platforms.”
What else is there to say? Despite having episodes leaked early, GoT continues to rack up huge numbers. If anything, the leak has just provided more PR for the network and gotten fans more excited about new episodes. While the hack is a pain in the ass for people like us (and presumably the network), it looks like it’s only helping make the show more popular than ever. With fans eagerly anticipating the season finale, we might see the record shattered once again next week.