Against All Odds: Leaked GOT Episode Breaks Ratings Record


HBO’s scripted sensation Game of Thrones (GOT) has continued to reign supreme with its best-yet audience of 10.2 million in America as seen on the Nielsen TV ratings roster last week.

While sports, talent shows, news and other interesting things showing on TV kept unscripted fare high on the Nielsen TV ratings roster, GOT stood out as it was only outshined by NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

Interestingly, the episode which helped the hit series rank high was leaked online last week before it aired on Sunday.

A preview of the leaked episode of GOT:

Against all odds, GOT emerged victorious.The top 10 shows in America for the week of 31 July- 6 August, their networks and viewership:

Below is the top 10 shows in America for the week of 31 July- 6 August. The list shows their networks and viewership:
1.America’s Got Talent (Tuesday), NBC, 13.33 million;

1.America’s Got Talent (Tuesday), NBC, 13.33 million;
2. Game of Thrones, HBO, 10.17 million
3. NFL Pre-Season Hall of Fame game: Arizona Vs. Dallas, NBC, 8.25 million;
4. NFL Pre-Season Pre-Kick, NBC, 7.06 million;
5. World of Dance, NBC, 7.00 million;
6. Big Brother (Wednesday), CBS, 6.58 million;
7. 60 Minutes, CBS, 6.55 million;
8. Big Brother (Sunday), CBS, 6.46 million;
9. Big Brother (Thursday), CBS, 6.42 million;
10. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 6.19 million

Earlier this month, HBO became the latest network to be hit by cyber attackers, resulting in the indiscriminate leak of a part of its popular series Game of Thrones and other contents from other productions.

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Following the leak, a group of hackers posted a fresh cache of the stolen HBO files including GOT cast info online on Monday, demanding an eye-popping ransom from the network. The group, which claims to have stolen 1.5 terabytes of HBO shows and confidential corporate data would upload the entire series and sensitive data if the demand is not met.

The hackers claimed it took them about 6 months to breach HBO’s network. Once they succeeded, they started dumping videos of future shows online with their logo “HBO Is Falling” superimposed.