Game of Thrones is known for many things (the short lives of its characters mostly) but for a third year running it earns another distinction from other TV shows – it is the most pirated show of the year. Estimated downloads top the number of HBO viewers who tuned into the series.
Earlier this year the season finale of the show set its own record – 1.5 million BitTorrent downloads in 12 hours, reaching 7.5 million in the days to follow.
TorrentFreak has compiled the table below, which ranks show by, let’s say, “unofficial” downloads and by average TV viewers in the US. Game of Thrones is the only show that more people torrented than watched through traditional means.
Note that the download numbers are just an estimate based only on info several public trackers, there’s no way to count downloads from private sites. This number reflects a most-downloaded episode while the TV viewers number is an average from the US market, though most shows on the list (GoT included) are available overseas too.
Most downloaded TV-shows on BitTorrent, 2014
||est. US TV viewers
||Game of Thrones
||The Walking Dead
||The Big Bang Theory
||How I Met Your Mother
The series based on George R.R. Martin’s writings has been downloaded nearly twice as often as the runner-up – another series that’s less than kind to its characters, The Walking Dead.