For the third year in a row, Game of Thrones claims the distinction of the most pirated TV show in the world.
Game of Thrones has been downloaded more times than any other show on television in 2014, according to TorrentFreak, which compiled the amount of global BitTorrent downloads of popular shows, including The Walking Dead, Arrow and The Big Bang Theory.
The finale of season 4 of GoT garnered over 8 million downloads, far more than finales of fellow popular dramas Breaking Bad (4.2 million) and The Walking Dead (3.6 million).
These numbers seems fairly consistent with how the shows did in primetime and with repeats; TWD reported 17 million viewers on average while Game of Thrones netted 19 million views on average per week across HBO platforms during season 4.
Bex: With the upcoming expansion of HBO Go service, will pirating numbers be affected for season 5 and beyond? Also, it would be interesting to see the global breakdown of these numbers, since downloading the show seems to be standard fare for those without timely access to HBO shows.