The number watching a live stream on Twitch.tv is not far off the 12,343 who actually turned up in person for an actual Championship match between the two clubs just a month ago at Ewood Park.
This was the Ultimate Quaran-Team Cup, a brainwave of Leyton Orient to provide some light relief during the football hiatus and general gloom caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Thibaud Verlinden flew the flag for Stoke, taking on Blackburn Rovers’ Bradley Dack over two legs from the privacy of their own lockdown-ed homes. The players play as their own teams.
The first game ended in a 2-2 draw before Dack fought back in the second to eventually win 4-3 and 6-5 on aggregate. He goes on to play Forest Green Rovers in the next round.
A total 128 teams from England and across Europe have entered the competition, which is taking place with a straight knock-out format.
Orient have launched a JustGiving page to allow fans the opportunity to help EFL clubs who have been struck hard by postponements. Money will also be split between MIND and Covid-19 cure research.
“Still sweating from win!” said Dack. “Got a bit lucky in the end, I think but what a performance. Chrissy (Walton), an absolute different class in goal and I’ve got to mention myself for getting the winner.”