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These are the most pirated TV shows of 2012

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As you’ve probably already guessed, Game of Thrones is indeed the most pirated tv of show 2012. According to TorrentFreak‘s data, it handily beat out other popular shows — it even has double the amount of downloads of The Walking Dead. Check out the full list below for more info:

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What makes this chart interesting is the addition of estimated viewership data in the US. You’ll notice that even if shows like The Walking Dead and The Big Bang Theory have significantly higher viewership than Game of Thrones and Dexter, they still remain below them in the charts. For Game of Thrones, this is clearly due to the availability of the show. Despite its popularity and critical acclaim, it remains difficult to watch the show in a timely manner following its US premiere — leading its rabid fans to resort to downloading.

HBO Go, there’s a lot of money to be made here if you can get it together.

[via Forbes [3]]