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Record viewing figures for Game of Thrones as 6.6 million viewers tune in for Season 4 premiere

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King Joffrey and his smirk of contempt are back
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Game of Thrones King Joffrey and his smirk of contempt are back HBO

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Arya remains under the watch of the The Hound
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Game of Thrones Arya remains under the watch of the The Hound HBO

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Jaime and Cersai in heated discussions
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Game of Thrones Jaime and Cersai in heated discussions HBO

HBO has defended graphic scenes of sex and violence in fantasy epic Game of Thrones

HBO has defended graphic scenes of sex and violence in fantasy epic Game of Thrones

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Oberyn with Ellaria, mother of the four youngest Sand Snakes
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Game of Thrones Oberyn with Ellaria, mother of the four youngest Sand Snakes HBO

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Tyrion and Shae have words
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Game of Thrones Tyrion and Shae have words HBO

The battle for the wall: Jon Snow (Kit Harington) continues to fight the Wildlings in the Game of Thrones Season 4

The battle for the wall: Jon Snow (Kit Harington) continues to fight the Wildlings in the Game of Thrones Season 4

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Sansa and Tyrion have a heart-to-heart
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Game of Thrones Sansa and Tyrion have a heart-to-heart HBO

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The Hound strides the fields in heavy armour
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Game of Thrones The Hound strides the fields in heavy armour HBO

 Dragon lady: Emilia Clarke

Dragon lady: Emilia Clarke

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Daario will be a new arrival in season 4
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Game of Thrones Daario will be a new arrival in season 4 HBO

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Tywin wearing the Hand of the King brooch
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Game of Thrones Tywin wearing the Hand of the King brooch HBO

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Ygritte and Tormund prepare for battle
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Game of Thrones Ygritte and Tormund prepare for battle HBO

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Sam, a steward of the Night's Watch
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Game of Thrones Sam, a steward of the Night's Watch HBO

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Margaery and Olenna in the courtyard
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Game of Thrones Margaery and Olenna in the courtyard HBO

Game of Thrones King Joffrey and his smirk of contempt are back HBO

Excitement for the Game of Thrones season four premiere translated into record viewing figures for HBO on Sunday night, debuting with 6.6 million viewers.

The hotly-anticipated premiere "Two Swords" is now the US network’s most-watched episode since 11.9 million tuned in for the 2007 series finale of The Sopranos.

Social media went mad for the start of Game of Thrones ’ fourth run, with 1.9 million Facebook users talking about the show and over 2.8 million interactions related to it.

A replay of the first episode at 11pm, two hours later, added another 1.6 million viewers to bring the total ratings figure to 8.2 million.

Westeros devotees had waited nine months for a new hour of Game of Thrones , which last season opened to 4.4 million viewers.

The fantasy series’ previous peak had been 5.5 million during episode six of that season, “The Climb”.

Police are now cracking down on illegal download websites, after the season three finale became the most-pirated TV episode worldwide, with 5.9 million individuals accessing it via BitTorrent.

Problems with Game of Thrones likely stem from HBO’s refusal to allow the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime rights to its shows.

Viewers can only watch the series in the US through the TV company’s own Go product, available exclusively to its cable subscriber. In the UK, viewers must pay per episode to watch the show on blinkbox.

Sky Atlantic holds the broadcast rights to Game of Thrones in the UK, but with the exception of the simulcast start of season four, episodes will be aired later on the channel after the US broadcast.

Due to overwhelming demand, HBO’- s Go crashed yesterday, leaving fans with black screens.

"Looks like there's trouble in the realm. Apologies for the inconvenience. We'll be providing updates, so please stay tuned," a statement from the TV company read.

Source: The Independent

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