While the seventh season of “Game of Thrones” saw an all-time high of 9 million to 12 million viewers per episode based on Nielsen reports, illegal viewings count audiences to be much higher.
According to a report from The Independent, MUSOC, a technology company that monitors piracy data, found that illegal streaming and downloads of the show’s seven episodes amassed a figure of 1,029,787,668. Needless to say, it outnumbers legal viewings of the show.
The firm found out that streaming was disproportionately higher than downloads. Pirate streams comprised 85 percent of views, while torrents and downloads accounted for 9.12 percent and 5.59 percent, respectively.
The first episode, “Dragonstone”, had the highest illegal views at 187,427,575; within the first 72 hours, it had been streamed and downloaded over 90 million times.