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No Clash of Kings: HBO’s Game of Thrones Retains “Most Pirated TV Show” Crown

Shiver me White Walkers!

ManyCatelynsIt’s good to be the King?

HBO’s Game of Thrones and piracy are like, BFFs at this point. In 2012 they were the most pirated television show of the year. In 2013, the same. This past year has seen Throne breaking records for the most number of people sharing a file simultaneously (the Purple Wedding episode) and then breaking that again with the Season 4 finale. The Guinness World Record 2015 Edition even bestowed upon the show “Most Pirated TV Program,” so this streak was rather predictable.

TorrentFreak once again reports:

Game of Thrones has taken the crown of most downloaded TV-show for the third consecutive year.

With more than 8 million downloads via BitTorrent, the 2014 season finale is way ahead of the competition.

The Walking Dead and The Big Bang Theory complete the top three with an estimated 4.2 and 3.6 million downloads respectively.

And the top 10 most pirated shows worldwide are as follows:

  1. Game of Thrones
  2. The Walking Dead
  3. The Big Bang Theory
  4. How I Met Your Mother
  5. Gotham
  6. Arrow
  7. Grey’s Anatomy
  8. Vikings
  9. Suits
  10. South Park

Suits? Really? I have to say though, it’s always interesting to see the amount of genre shows which wind up on the pirated lists. What do you make of the top 10?

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."