SWORDS AND SCANDALS SHOW Game of Thrones has broken another record, smashing through previous download numbers and clocking a two petabyte volume in one evening.
Torrentfreak reports that in the first 12 hours after the show was broadcast live and then uploaded for download, it was downloaded roughly 1.5 million times.
This is expected to grow, according to the report, to as many as 7.5 million downloads in just a few days.
According to torrent tracker Demonii, over a quarter of a million people were sharing one single torrent at the same time. Just shy of 200,000 had a complete copy at that point.
This torrent volume smashes the old record held by Game of Thrones, which had beaten the numbers racked up by an earlier episode of the show.
The first incident led one of the main torrent websites to distance itself from chat about illegal downloads and say that a show about food was far more popular than any doublecross and broadsword fantasy.
While the show is a smash on the unusual channels, so too has it been popular on the legitimate options. It has also been something of a money earner.
Reports put the number of viewers of the live show at over seven million and HBO has seen more viewers on an episode by episode basis.
According to US trade magazine Variety, the final episode The Children pulled in 7.2 million viewers, 32 percent more than the series three finale, and around half a million more than the penultimate episode. In total, including a couple of repeats, finale viewings added up to 9.3 million.
Variety, citing Nielsen figures, said that each of the last three Game of Thrones series have increased viewing figures during their broadcast showings.
Games of Thrones is the most popular show in HBO's history, and the firm has compared its online success to being similar to winning an award. µ