TorrentFreak has come out with their annual list of the most pirated shows of the year, and the results are far from surprising. Rounding out the top three this year are The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad and number one by a mile, Game of Thrones. The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad are both on cable channel AMC, and were two of the most talked about shows of the year. But Game of Thrones is on HBO, even harder to access for would-be fans, and the type of people who know how to pirate shows and the type of people who watch Game of Thrones overlap pretty heavily, I’d say.
A few surprises on this list include History’s Vikings and USA’s Suits which aren’t exactly ratings monsters. How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory show up because they ARE ratings monsters, and some of that has to translate into some pirated episodes. Two Showtime shows, Homeland and Dexter, make the list as well, as that channel doesn’t even have an HBO Go-like service.
See the full list for yourself below:
10. Arrow - 2,200,000
9. Vikings - 2,300,000
8. Homeland - 2,400,000
7. Suits - 2,600,000
6. How I Met Your Mother - 3,000,000
5. Dexter - 3,100,000
4. The Big Bang Theory - 3,400,000
3. The Walking Dead - 3,600,000
2. Breaking Bad - 4,200,000
1. Game of Thrones - 5,900,000
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