The season premiere of HBO’s massively popular fantasy series Game of Thrones set an all-time record for most pirated episode of a TV show ever, according to research from TorrentFreak.

The show was downloaded more than one million times on the day after it first aired on HBO, the blog reported. At its peak, there were 160,000 people sharing the file simultaneously, making it the most rapidly downloaded torrent file of any kind, ever.

But apparently HBO isn’t too worried about the phenomenon. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the network’s programming president said file-sharers aren’t cutting into DVD sales.

I probably shouldn’t be saying this, but it is a compliment of sorts,” Michael Lombardo said. “The demand is there. And it certainly didn’t negatively impact the DVD sales. [Piracy is] something that comes along with having a wildly successful show on a subscription network.”

Lombardo said Game of Thrones was HBO's highest-earning show at the moment.

“If you look at aggregate of international and DVD sales — which are the two revenue streams we look at since we’re not selling it domestically on another platform — yes, absolutely, in terms of shows we have on now,” he said.

Game of Thrones was already the most pirated TV show of 2012, with the second-season finale being downloaded some 4.3 million times.

TV shows on cable networks tend to be downloaded more often than regular network shows, because many households have no other access to those shows. The second-most pirated show of 2012, for instance, was the serial killer drama Dexter, which airs in the U.S. on the premium network Showtime.

Adding to Game of Thrones’ download popularity is the fact that the show airs with a delay in many countries, TorrentFreak reports.

HBO is trying to close these release gaps as best it can, but for some fans a few hours is already too much,” the blog reports.

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  • Daenerys Targaryen

  • Sansa Starks And Tyrion Lannister

  • Jaime Lannister and Cersei Lannister

  • Jon Snow

  • Arya Stark

  • Joffrey Baratheon

  • Margaery Tyrell

  • Daario Naharis

  • Ygritte And Tormund

  • Daenerys Targaryen

    Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Peter Dinklage as Lannister

  • Rodrik Cassel

    Ron Donachie as Rodrik Cassel.

  • Jaime Lannister

    Nikolaj Coster Waldau as Jaime Lannister.

  • 'Game of Thrones' Character Posters

    Maisie Williams as Arya Stark.

  • Melisandre

    Carice van Houten as Melisandre.

  • Commander Mormont

    James Cosmo as Commander Mormont.

  • Varys

    Conleth Hill as Varys.

  • Jaqen H'Ghar

    Tom Wlaschiha as Jaqen H'Ghar.

  • Gendry

    Joe Dempsie as Gendry.

  • Arya Stark

    Maisie Williams as Arya Stark.

  • Cersei Lannister

    Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister.

  • Samwell Tarly

    John Bradley as Samwell Tarly.

  • Myrcella Baratheon

    Aimee Richardson as Myrcella Baratheon.

  • Davos Seaworth

    Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth.

  • Grand Maester Pycelle

    Julian Glover as Grand Maester Pycelle.

  • Shae

    Sibel Kekilli as Shae.

  • Xaro Xhoan Daxos

    Nonso Anozie as Xaro Xhoan Daxos.

  • Bronn

    Jerome Flynn as Bronn.

  • Margaery Tyrell

    Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Emmy winner Peter Dinklage.

  • Theon Greyjoy

    Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy.

  • Robb Stark

    Richard Madden as Robb Stark.

  • Tywin Lannister

  • Sansa Stark

    Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark.

  • Jon Snow

    Kit Harington as Jon Snow.

  • Mellisandre and Stannis Baratheon

    Carice van Houten and Stephen Dillane as Mellisandre and Stannis Baratheon.

  • Oberyn Martell

  • Davos Seaworth

    Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth.

  • Joffrey Baratheon

    Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon.

  • Daenerys Targaryen

    Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen.

  • Danereys Targaryen

    Emilia Clarke as Danereys Targaryen.

  • Catelyn Stark

    Michelle Fairley as Catelyn Stark.

  • Cersei Lannister

    Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister.

  • Brienne

    Gwendoline Christie as Brienne.

  • Balon Greyjoy

    Patrick Malahide as Balon Greyjoy.

  • Bran Stark and Hodor

    Issac Hempstead-Wright and Kristian Nairn as Bran Stark and Hodor.

  • Tyrion Lannister

  • Renly Baratheon

    Gethin Anthony as Renly Baratheon.

  • Arya Stark

    Maisie Williams as Arya Stark.

  • Daenerys Targaryen

  • Samwell Tarly