'Sopranos' Shoots Up Sales Charts Following James Gandolfini's Death

THE SOPRANOS (1999-2007)

This is the show that, for all intents and purposes, kicked off the Golden Age of Television we're currently living in. It's possible that you don't know who Tony and Carmela Soprano are, or how the criminal enterprise in which Tony was a player infected every aspect of their lives (and, by extension, American life). But it's just as possible that you just rolled off the assembly line.

Both iTunes and Amazon are seeing spikes following the death of the series' Emmy-winning star.

The Sopranos DVD sales and downloads have shot up following news of star James Gandolfini's death.

At iTunes, the show's first season stands at No. 2 among sales of full TV seasons, behind the 10th season of Futurama. It had been at No. 1,463, according to Reuters.

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Other seasons also have made their way into the top 200, including season two (No. 46), season six, part two (the final installment,
No. 64), season three (No. 75) and season five (No. 139).

An Apple rep has not responded to The Hollywood Reporter's request for additional data.

Meanwhile, The Sopranos: The Complete Series (which costs $124.99) ranks as the
No. 2 best-seller on Amazon among all movies and TV shows, behind the most recent episode of AMC's Mad Men. It previously had not been among the top 100.

The complete series also is the top seller among all DVDs. Meanwhile, the second half of season six is at No. 12 and the second season comes in at No. 18.

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The Sopranos also is available on all of HBO's platforms, including HBO Go, but data was not available for that service.

The pay TV network is paying tribute to Gandolfini in its telecasts of the show with the following message: "HBO mourns the loss of James Gandolfini, a beloved member of the HBO family."

HBO also posted a brief video tribute to the actor on YouTube on Thursday, June 20, that reads: "Our Friend, You will never be forgotten. James Gandolfini 1961-2013." (Watch below.)

Gandolfini won numerous awards, including three Primetime Emmys, for his role as troubled crime boss Tony Soprano. He died of an apparent heart attack Wednesday, June 19, while in Rome. He was 51.