Sales of HBO's 'The Sopranos' on DVD and digital outlets have greatly risen since the news earlier this week that James Gandolfini had passed away in Italy due to an apparent heart attack.
On iTunes, the first season is No. 2 among all full TV seasons (behind 'Futurama's 10th season), while the second is No. 46, the third is No. 75, the fifth is No. 139 and the second part of season six is at No. 64.
Before Gandolfini's death, the first season was No. 1,463, to give you a sense of how high it has jumped.
On Amazon, 'The Sopranos: The Complete Series' is the No. 2 best seller digitally among movies and TV shows (even with its hefty $124.99 price tag), trailing only the latest episode of 'Mad Men.' Before his death, it was not among the top 100.
Those numbers would likely be even higher if not for the fact that the show is available for viewing on all HBO's platforms, including HBO Go. Numbers for viewership on that service are not available, but it seem logical to conclude they are high as well.
This seems to be commonplace when celebrities die. When Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston each passed away, I know the sales of their albums shot through the roof. I am not sure why death is a tipping point that pushes people into purchasing things they previously did not want to own.
Have you done any purchasing or viewing of 'The Sopranos' since his passing?