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Game Of Thrones draws huge ratings, crashes HBO app

Published on Apr 8, 2014 4:27 AM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The first show of the new Game Of Thrones season drew HBO's biggest audience since the finale of The Sopranos, data showed on Monday after the broadcaster's online app crashed under the strain.

Sunday's fourth season debut drew 6.6 million viewers, the most since the finale of HBO cult hit The Sopranos was watched by 11.9 million people in 2007, according to Nielsen figures cited by industry journal Variety.

HBO Go, an online app that allows viewers to watch shows anytime, crashed as tens of thousands tried to log on to watch the show, which provides a jaw-dropping mix of sex, violence and vengeance.

"HBO Go did experience issues due to overwhelming demand around the premiere of Game Of Throne," the premium broadcaster said in a widely cited statement.

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