At this particular point, we have a feeling that “Game of Thrones” is used to being named the most-pirated show on TV … and it’s certainly a bittersweet achievement to have. In some ways, it’s an honor to say that your show is so popular that people want to go through the trouble of obtaining it through unauthorized means. However, at the same exact time it’s a failure when it comes to supporting the art, and for many shows out there, these extra ratings could make it or break their future on the air. (This may not be true for “Game of Thrones,” but it is for some other series.)
The yearly data was once again compiled by TorrentFreak, though they made it clear that they are no longer revealing estimated downloads due to issues when it comes to the accuracy of the data.
As for some other notable bits of information from the list, “The Walking Dead” stands at #2 for the second straight year, but there was a newcomer for the #3 spot in “Westworld,” another HBO show that viewers typically would have to pay extra in order to see. Last year’s #3 in “The Big Bang Theory” ultimately fell all the way to #6, further cementing the slight drop in popularity that the show has going on at the moment.
Rounding out the top five are “The Flash” and “Arrow,” which have respectively flipped positions from where they were at this point last year. Out of the rest of the list, it continues to surprise us to see a show like “Suits” in the top ten, given that its audience is not necessarily that huge compared to some of other programs that on there. Meanwhile, “Lucifer” joined the top 10 as a newcomer series, as did “The Grand Tour” — an Amazon series that was mostly probably pirated off of the love of Jeremy Clarkson and his original show “Top Gear.”
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