TorrentFreak reports that on April 14, the day it aired, the second episode of Game of Thrones’ fourth season broke the record for the largest BitTorrent swarm ever.
A few hours after the second episode came online the Demonii tracker reported that 193,418 people were sharing one single torrent. 145,594 had a complete copy of the episode and continued to upload, while 47,824 were still downloading the file.
These are unprecedented numbers as never before have 193,418 people shared a single file simultaneously. The previous record was set the previous year, when the season 3 finale of Game of Thrones had 171,572 people sharing on a single tracker.
The Game of Thrones season opening had “only” 140,000 people sharing the most active torrent. There wasn’t less interest in this particular episode but the downloaders were spread out more across different torrents at that time.
In addition to this record-breaking torrent, there were also several other Game of Thrones torrents out there with tens of thousands of people sharing.