These are the most pirated TV shows of 2012


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:


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]

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  • Bob

    The shows which experience an equal or greater number of downloads than viewers are Showtime or HBO shows. Because these channels are only available as options to basic cable, it’s only natural that lots of people download them. The shows that show much lower download numbers than views are available on basic subscription services or by antenna. Making premium channels more widely available would definitely increase viewership and reduce downloading.

  • JonE

    I don’t know anything about “Game of Thrones”; never heard of it. And I only know about most of the rest because of name recognition. But I am familiar with the AMC serials, “Breaking Bad (BB)” and “The Walking Dead (TWD)” due to over advertising. I don’t even like watching the advertisements.

    I always figured I’d have to have a lot of Dead Brain Cells to watch either of these AMC serials; I just can’t figure why anyone with a brain in their head would watch these serials?