Well it should be no surprise now that Game of Thrones season 5 premiere last Sunday has broken viewership records for the series. Each year since the show began, back in 2011, it has been outdoing doing itself each season.
The return of Game of Thrones brought in just a tad under 8 million live and same-day viewers. That's up 1.4 million viewers from the premiere of season 4, and up 800,000 from its previously most viewed episode, back on May 18, 2014.
And all of this was done even with the first four episodes of the season leaking on-line just days before the premiere. Goes to show you that even piracy can't stop this behemoth of a show.