Game of Thrones takes most-pirated TV show crown
DetailsMichelle Clancy | 30 December 2014
For the third year in a row, Game of Thrones takes the crown for most-pirated TV show, according to TorrentFreak stats.
HBO's fantasy drama hit saw more than eight million downloads for the 2014 season finale, far outstripping its next-closest competition. The Walking Dead and The Big Bang Theory had an estimated 4.2 and 3.6 million downloads, respectively.
Game of Thrones is a pirate favourite overall; earlier this year it broke an all-time piracy record when more than 254,114 peers shared the same torrent file simultaneously.
"Overall there is no sign that TV-show piracy is declining, on the contrary," TorrentFreak noted. "The download numbers for the most popular shows continues to rise, sometimes exceeding the number of traditional viewers in the US."
How I Met Your Mother (3.5 million downloads) and Gotham (3.2 million) rounded out the top five.