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Game Of Thrones Maintains Title Of Most Pirated TV Show For Second Year In A Row

And here’s their acceptance speech, “I’d like to thank the cable companies for keeping a strangle hold on paid channels, the internet, and especially HBO for letting us show so much crazy sh*t.” 

In 2012, Game of Thrones was the most pirated show on television ahead of Dexter and The Big Bang Theory. While we knew the Season 3 finale episode “Mhysa” broke piracy records after airing in June, there was a lot of television left to go. But as TorrentFreak reports, nothing could compare.

Game of Thrones has the honor of becoming the most downloaded TV-show for the second year in a row.

With 5.9 million downloads via BitTorrent, the 2013 season finale has beat the competition by a landslide.

More than half of the downloads occurred in the first week after the show aired and the total exceeds the number of traditional viewers in the US. Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead complete the top three with and estimated 4.2 and 3.6 million downloads respectively.

Gotta admit, I’m shocked Breaking Bad didn’t come out on top considering the anticipation of their finale, and that The Walking Dead is so high up. TorrentFreak points out AMC streams the series online for free. Here’s the top ten list for this year:

  1. Game of Thrones
  2. Breaking Bad
  3. The Walking Dead
  4. The Big Bang Theory
  5. Dexter
  6. How I Met Your Mother
  7. Suits
  8. Homeland
  9. Vikings
  10. Arrow

Earlier this year, HBO made a deal with Google to provide episodes of Game of Thrones and more in their Google Play store. The number one spot also comes in a year where Game of Thrones director David Petrarca publicly said piracy wasn’t really all that bad, then had to backpedal when HBO disagreed.

(via The Verge)

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  • Kelly Robinson

    The author might wanna re-read the first sentence.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    Edited, thanks!

  • MeatyStakes

    Yeah… I do have HBO and all, but it’s just more comfortable to download the episode and being able to pause it whenever I can (My cable company doesn’t offer DVR) And that’s the only show that gets broadcast consecutively in my country; everything else gets here 2-3 weeks later, and that’s just no good with fandom being so up to date every moment.

  • Anonymous

    There’s something just delightful about the idea of people pirating Homeland. I’m torn between giggling and wondering why anyone would watch it.

  • Zefram Mann

    And yet somehow the rating continue to go UP every season,
    So much for the scourge of piracy, you’d almost think that cheap and easy availability of past episodes makes it easier for potential fans to get into an extremely continuity-dense series that would otherwise leave new viewers totally lost and confused.

  • Ashley James

    The true star of the show is Danny. She is one tough girl. Check out why:

  • Anonymous

    There’s part of me that cries on the inside seeing how high up The Big Bang Theory is.

  • Ender1200

    The number one reason for piracy after all is inadequate supply method.
    iTunes, steam, GoG, and netflix are proof of this.