And yet it pulled in 4.4 million viewers, the most for a single episode the entire series.
While something like The Big Bang Theory gets almost double the viewers every week, it's also on basic cable and free channels. However, look at Homeland. Not even 2 million viewers/episode.
If you think GoT is being harmed, you have no clue what you're talking about. A million downloaders? That's nothing. You have to realize not all of them are American. A lot of people simply cannot afford HBO and probably never will. I'll overestimate that maybe 5-10% of downloaders can actually afford HBO.Think about how many people talk about this that wouldn't?
"Did you watch GoT last night? It was baddass"
"Blah blah, you need to watch it! Seriously!"
"Erm, I'll see"
I've had this happen more than five times with people I know and I have yet for anyone to say, "Eh, I tried it, but I didn't really like it." They all get hooked instantly. Companies pay millions to get their stuff moving via word of mouth, yet when they are given more than they could ever hope for they cry for your head.
The actual creators are not mad. Of course HBO execs will be, they don't care about realistic numbers/situations. They just want as much money as possible, regardless of anything sensical.
Edited by pLuhhmm - 4/2/13 at 6:37pm