When Game of Thrones returns with its series five opener on Sunday 12th April, it is set to equal the Guinness World Record for the largest TV drama simulcast in history.
HBO plans to broadcast the show in 171 countries, the same number as watched the pilot episode of CSI Cyber just a week ago (at 7pm EST on 4th March) as it exterminated the previous record set by the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who in November 2013.
HBO says a world record was never in its thoughts: “We weren’t attempting to break a record, just interested in getting the show to as many viewers as possible when the show premieres in the US” a spokesperson told RadioTimes.com. “For us it is more about cutting down on piracy and pleasing worldwide viewers.”
But some may rue the decision by UK Thrones broadcaster Sky Atlantic not to join the simulcast – had Britain and Ireland also been involved, Game of Thrones would have claimed the crown for itself.
It’s perhaps some consolation, however, that where CSI managed it just once, Game of Thrones is likely to match the record ten times over – it is set to simulcast to the same 171 countries every week for the entire series.