HBO Max's Most Popular TV Show at Its Launch Beat Out 'Game of Thrones,' 'Friends,' and More

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HBO Max's most popular TV show at its launch might surprise you. | Presley Ann/Getty Images

HBO Max's list of most popular TV shows might seriously surprise you.

The streaming service launched in May, and while it houses fan-favorite series such as Game of Thrones and Friends, those actually weren't the highest-streamed shows out the gate. Nope, surprisingly enough, that title belongs to Looney Tunes Cartoons. According to Cinema Blend, Parrot Analytics—an site that gauges the popularity of shows based on social media, fan ratings, and piracy—revealed that the WarnerBros. cartoon was the most popular show on HBO Max on its launch day.

While this might surprise diehard GoT fans, apparently, there's a lot of people flipping on cartoons right now. When looking at the runner-up, it was also a children's show. Bloomberg reports (per CinemaBlend) that the second most popular program on HBO Max at its launch was Not-Too-Late Show With Elmo.

Of course, these were just initial statistics which could change in the weeks following the platform's launch. In fact, according to Parrot Analytics, interest in the Anna Kendrick series Love Life has grown immensely, surpassing the views of the Not-Too-Late Show With Elmo.

The news is very interesting, seeing as fans of Friends were extremely excited to see their favorite show streaming again after it was yanked off Netflix. However, the kids' content is still taking the lead on the media giant's new platform.