About 50,000 people checked-in to GetGlue on Sunday to let friends know they were watching the show. GetGlue, which rewards its users with points that can be redeemed for virtual and physical stickers and discounts from entertainment companies, experienced so much traffic during that time that its servers were briefly down.
“We also had over 90,000 check-ins for the week leading up to the premiere,” a GetGlue spokesperson told Mashable, noting that the first episode of Game of Thrones last year brought in just 9,000 check-ins on.
To put the 50,000 check-ins into context, the highly-anticipated return of Mad Men last week brought in 22,000 check-ins. Meanwhile, the season 2 premiere of The Walking Dead had 43,000 and the 2011 season premiere of True Blood had 38,000 check ins.
“We knew it would be a big night, but we didn’t know how big,” the spokesperson added.
The article also includes some nice charts about the numbers racked up by Thrones on social media last night.
Winter Is Coming: Wow. The buzz is off the charts, folks. I really can’t wait to see the premiere ratings now! They should be released tomorrow…