People all around the world want to watch the final season of Game of Thrones, quite literally, on record-setting levels. Fans of the hit HBO fantasy series had to wait nearly two years between the end of season 7 and the beginning of this final run of episodes. That only helped fuel the anticipation and the numbers seem to reflect that. Case in point, Game of Thrones season 8 has officially set a new, official world record.
According to a new report, the global demand for the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere episode has exceeded the demand for any other episode of any other TV series in history. TV content analytics firm Parrot Analytics crunched the numbers and they teamed with Guinness World Records to make the whole thing official. The series now holds the official world record for Most in-demand TV premiere. Samuel Stadler, VP of marketing, for Parrot Analytics, had this to say about it.
"Game of Thrones amassed a per capita global audience demand of 25.46 on 14th of April 2019, its season 8 premiere day. Compared to its per capita global demand of 24.74 on the day of its season 7 premiere, the latest and final season has premiered 2.9% higher globally. Premiere day demand has been particularly strong in the United States, United Kingdom and France."
This is all very good news for HBO. They're surely going to be sad to see Game of Thrones go, given the ratings monster that it's become. This record speaks to that. But for them, having this sort of audience response on a worldwide scale is something other media companies dream about. Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records, had this to say.
"looks like it's going to continue breaking records right up to the final, undoubtedly devastating episode."
Season 8 of the series, which is adapted from author George R.R. Martin's novels, is only going to be six episodes long, meaning we're already halfway through the epic conclusion. Most recently, fans finally got to witness the long-hyped Battle of Winterfell, which delivered a ton of action though, it's been scrutinized for literally being difficult to see, thanks to the very dark cinematography that was employed.
While much of the global demand for Game of Thrones is through legitimate channels and people paying for the privileged, a great deal of it isn't. As we reported recently, the debut episode of season 8 was also pirated a record 54 million times in its first 24 hours of release. That, juxtaposed against the 17.4 million viewers who tuned in during that same time period is quite amazing.
What's in store during these final three weeks? Can creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss stick the landing? Will further world records be broken? It won't be much longer before we know the answers to all of those questions. Game of Thrones returns this Sunday on HBO. This news was previously reported by Deadline.