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

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.

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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