The ratings for Game of Thrones’ seventh season premiere have not yet been posted, but given that the premiere was delayed, it’s the second last season of the show, and that Thrones is one of the biggest shows on TV, the size of the audience watching it is predictably going to be huge. Until we get more empirical evidence, maybe we can make the point this way: excitement over the Game of Thrones premiere was so huge that it caused HBO to crash. Or its websites anyway.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, as the seventh season premiere of Game of Thrones got underway, the main HBO website, hbo.com, crashed. An error message appeared in its place, and fans were unable to load it for at least the first half of the east coast premiere. On top of that, some users of HBO Now started posting on social media that they were unable to play the episode, which launches at the same time as the east coast premiere across all time zones on the streaming site.
In responding to viewer concerns, THR was told by HBO that while there was a widespread outage of HBO Go in Latin America, both HBO Go and HBO Now were working fine in the United States, at least so far as the system was concerned. There may have indeed been outages for individual users in certain areas which have not yet been explained. Similar outages were reported on HBO Now last year during the Thrones episode “The Battle of the Bastards” featuring the epic standoff between Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton for control of Winterfell.
Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9 pm on HBO.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter