Game Of Thrones Premiere Saw 90 Million Illegal Downloads

Jul 21, 2017 at 4:10 PM ET

It was no surprise when Dragonstone, the first episode of “Game of Thrones” season 7, became a record-breaking success. The season 7 premiere has been watched through official channels more than 16 million times, the all-time highest views for a premiere in HBO’s history.

While impressive, that figure pales in comparison to the number of times the episode was pirated.

According to piracy analysis company MUSO, last Sunday’s premiere was pirated over 90 million times across the globe. That makes Game of Thrones the most pirated show of the year, just like it was in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012.

HBO has sent out thousands of warnings to people hosting illegal downloads, but it doesn’t seem to be working.