House of Cards season 2 has been the talk of the weekend in person, social media, and all various corners of the pop culture Internet since its Friday release, so it should come as no surprise that its viewership numbers are astronomical. Netflix doesn't actually release their viewership data, but apparently Variety enlisted broadband technology firm Procera Networks to pull a Nielsen and track how many subscribers watched during the season's first 24 hours of release.

As it turns out, a crazy high number of you (us) chose Frank Underwood to be your Valentine. Variety via Procera reports that 15% of Netflix users watched the first episode in a six-to-eight hour period. That's a huge leap from the mere 2% that watched when season one dropped last year. Does that mean HoC would be doing Walking Dead numbers if it aired on TV proper, or does the watch-when-you-want allure of Netflix streaming factor into the high viewership?

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[via OhNoTheyDidn't]