Game of Thrones made its much anticipated return to TV this week with its Season 5 opener that broke viewing figure records for Sky Atlantic, the home of GoT in the UK.
The British lead series saw 1.67 million viewers tune in for the season opener on Monday, a 26% increase on last year – not bad considering the first four episodes were leaked online ahead of the official launch in the UK, one night after the U.S.
To some the figures may seem low, but considering the adult nature of the show and the fact that it’s the most pirated show in history, it’s not a bad victory for Sky who are currently battling online rivals such as Netflix and Amazon Prime.
The award-winning fantasy series, based on the novels of George R.R. Martin, has become one of the most watched series around the world and has made global stars of its British talent including Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington and Lena Headey.