The “Lost” finale may not have set a ratings record, but
pirates absolutely loved it.

TorrentFreak,
a news site that covers the file sharing industry, reports the May 23 finale
has broken all previous download records – with nearly 1 million people
downloading the concluding chapters of the show in less than one day.
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Most of those downloads came from outside of the U.S., where
the finale wouldn’t air for up to two days. The number’s expected to jump to
between 4 million and 5 million by the end of the week.

“Lost” has been a perennial favorite among the BitTorrent
crowd. Last year, it was the second most-pirated television show on the
service. And given the expectations (and the certainty of Internet spoilers
once it aired), the boost in downloaded copies isn’t a huge surprise.

It’s one that could cost ABC in ad impressions, though. The broadcast finale of the program was jam packed with ads. Entertainment Weekly did the math: 107 spots ran during the finale, eating up more than 45 minutes – 30 percent of the finale’s airtime.

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