To the surprise of absolutely nobody, HBO have commissioned Game Of Thrones for a fourth season following the Season 3 premier, which attracted 4.4 million viewers on its first broadcast, and 710,000 for its UK premier on Sky Atlantic – up from Season 2’s 522,000.
The first episode of Season 3 – reviewed here – is also the most torrented TV episode ever, with 163,088 people downloading and seeding it on filesharing platform Bittorrent – mostly from the US, with the UK and Australia in second and third place.
“I probably shouldn’t be saying this, but it is a compliment of sorts,” HBO programming president Michael Lombardo stated. “The demand is there. And it certainly didn’t negatively impact the DVD sales.”