Top 10 Pirated TV Shows of 2014: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Walking Dead’ Lead List

Game of Thrones most pirated TV

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and AMC’s zombie splatterfest “The Walking Dead” were the two most-pirated TV shows worldwide in 2014 by a sizable margin, with episodes of each cable series downloaded via torrent networks about 48 million times last year.

The data comes from piracy-tracking firm Excipio, which analyzed activity for the period between Jan. 1 and Dec. 24, 2014. Excipio provided the report exclusively to Variety.

It’s no surprise “Game of Thrones” took 2014’s TV piracy crown, as the HBO epic has been a perennial favorite among digital pirates. The show’s season four premiere in April hit record levels of torrent downloads. While HBO is concerned about piracy, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes has pointed to promotional upside of the phenomenon; in 2013, he quipped that piracy of “Thrones” was “better than an Emmy” as far as generating buzz.

Meanwhile, three shows from youth-skewing CW — “Arrow,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “Supernatural” — also were popular among pirates. Top-rated broadcast shows were also in the mix, led by CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory,” with 33.4 million pirated downloads for the year.

Among the top 10 pirated TV shows of the year, Brazil was home to the largest number of total downloads (28.4 million overall), followed by Russia (28.1 million), India (16 million), Australia (15.4 million), China (14.9 million) and the U.S. (14.4 million), according to Excipio. That suggests piracy in many territories is fueled by the fact that current American television shows aren’t available through legal channels.

Here are the top 10 pirated TV shows of last year, ranked by number of worldwide torrent downloads:

1. “Game of Thrones”: 48.369 million (HBO)
2. “The Walking Dead”: 47.642 million (AMC)
3. “The Big Bang Theory”: 33.431 million (CBS)
4. “Arrow”: 29.296 million (CW)
5. “The Vampire Diaries”: 22.921 million (CW)
6. “Supernatural”: 21.201 million (CW)
7. “How I Met Your Mother”: 20.282 million (CBS)
8. “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”: 16.334 million (ABC)
9. “Suits”: 14.910 million (USA Network)
10. “The Blacklist”: 14.211 million (NBC)

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  1. bill says:

    Torrents are illegal and you’ll get annoying letters however it turns out you can simultaneously live in two places. In an unrelated article, VPN subscriptions are at an all time high with an all time quantity of services available.

  2. preuser says:

    Only show on the worth pirating is The Blacklist ,kind of silly in the US though you can see it on NBC websitea couple of days after it airs on broadcast .

  3. Skippy the bush kangaroo says:

    Considering the human population of Australia is 23mil I dont believe it.

    I am a kangaroo though, so what do I know!

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