Adult website traffic drops during Game of Thrones season premiere

Game of Thrones Pornhub

Game of Thrones attracts a deeply diverse viewership, and apparently the demographic includes a subset of particularly charged individuals: pornography fans.

During the highly anticipated season six premiere of GOT Sunday evening, the hotly popular website Pornhub registered a four percent dip in hits. That’s no small figure for a site that records up to 60 million visits daily and holds the title of world’s largest adult video website.

Last year, it seduced enough viewers to reach 21 billion visits, making it the 65th most viewed site.

Pornhub routinely experiences a decrease in traffic over holidays such as Christmas, when people are enjoying the company of others as opposed to themselves, but rarely does it have to compete with shows about dwarves and dragons for attention.

At first glance, this decline in viewership may seem puzzling. But given the steamy, sexy nature of GOT, and the abundance of nudity featured in the show, this downturn is slightly more explicable.

It’s even more understandable when one considers that the term Game of Thrones is frequently plugged into Pornhub‘s search tab.

The second episode of the sixth season hits HBO Sunday.

~Matthew Pariselli

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  1. Jenny • April 28, 2016 @ 8:30 PM

    I’m not surprised, that show is for pigs

  2. Annette • April 28, 2016 @ 11:01 PM

    The show is amazing and even though it has male and female nudity it’s also very fantasy driven and has some great female protagonists! Instead of subjugation lets hope guys see some strong women without all of them taking there close off! And even if they do…their characters progression is still based in knowing what they want and getting it!

  3. Neil • May 8, 2016 @ 1:33 AM

    Yeap, and most people bought Playboy Magazine for the articles. Among television reviewers, Game of Thrones is sometimes referred to as “rape fantasy TV”. Watch the lingering camera shots of tortured or recently dead women where the emphasis is on body parts as opposed to faces, to remove empathy and humanity, note how often there is sex going on in the “background” of major scenes, note how the lighting quality has more soft porn qualities than dramatic TV. Note how violence is blended with sexuality.

    HBO knows exactly who their demographic is for this show, and it has only evolved further to that content with each season. Whether its good acting or not, or even “great” production values, this is a show designed as “passable porn for the living room”. Let’s not play games with demographic studies, no one should be surprised it steals audience from Pornhub, and unlike porn sites where a person can visit anytime and find the full archive, Game of Thrones has a limited period to view it, and it is still considered “acceptable” water cooler talk at work, even between the genders, unlike most of Pornhub content.

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