‘Game of Thrones’ Is Still the Most-Pirated TV Show

Emmy Awards Nominations reactions
Courtesy of HBO

When it comes to illegal viewing, dragons still beat zombies.

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” was the most-pirated TV series in 2015, according to copyright and privacy news site Torrent Freak. This is the fourth year the Emmy-winning drama has retained this crown, with an estimated 14,400,000 illegal downloads. That’s nearly double the estimated 8,100,000 illegal downloads that Torrent Freak reported it had last year.

These numbers shouldn’t be so shocking. “Thrones'” season premiere episode broke piracy records when it received 3.5 million downloads and caused HBO to change to a streaming-only service for screeners.

The second and third-most pirated TV series were “The Walking Dead” and “The Big Bang Theory,” respectively, both of which saw an increase in pirating. The AMC zombie apocalyptic drama ate away at an estimated 6,900,000 illegal downloads — up from 4,800,000 — and CBS’ nerd-themed sitcom expanded to an estimated 4,400,000 illegal downloads from last year’s estimated 3,900,000.

All three shows draw huge ratings numbers for their respective outlets, with both season premieres and finales of  “Thrones” and “Dead”  seeing strong numbers. The recent “Big Bang Theory” midseason finale that included a pivotal storyline for Jim Parson’s Sheldon and Mayim Bialik’s Amy brought in the show’s strongest ratings since it’s season premiere.

The annual piracy report comes as Hollywood is already on red alert over leaked film screeners like those for awards contenders “The Hateful Eight” and “The Revenant.” The most-pirated movies of 2015 were “Interstellar,” which came out last year, and “Furious 7.”

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 3

Leave a Reply

3 Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  1. Verna says:

    My financial guy told me: Life insurance policies are more cost effective the earlier they are started.

    Even if there is no one that immediately depends on your income, if such a situation is likely years in the future, then life insurance is something
    you should consider. For example, if you don’t have children yet
    but expect to have a child one day, investing in a life insurance policy now
    will be more cost effective than investing later.

  2. Ashlee says:

    At Viewpoints, consumers review any product they choose and you can rest assured
    that what you are reading is an HONEST viewpoint. The Hoover U8188900 Anniversary Wind Tunnel Bagged and Bagless Upright is nicely priced in the
    $200-$250 range. There are also several varieties of bagless cleaners nowadays.

  3. Kal Drogo no pay for TV! says:

    How’s HBO Now going?

More Digital News from Variety

Loading