That’s up 2.2m viewers from its last season debut and the biggest numbers the network has season since the finale of Sopranos.
The show also saw another 1.6m viewers when the show had an encore at 11 p.m.
That means the total numbers for the entire evening was an impressive 8.2m. No wonder
HBO Go, the streaming service, crashed after Thrones started.
The show has been building momentum slowly. Last year it overcame HBO’s other top show True Blood.
‘Game of Thrones‘ latest increase can be at least partially chalked up to the series’ success with binge watchers,’ the Hollywood Reporter wrote.
Game of Thrones first three seasons are available on HBO Go, and the drama also holds the title of TV’s most pirated series. Last season’s episodes notched as many as 5.9 million downloads on BitTorrent alone.