Pirates just can’t get enough of HBO’s fantasy smash hit. TorrentFreak reports that Game of Thrones was the most downloaded TV show of the year, making this the third year in a row that the show has taken the top spot. The season finale alone was downloaded more than 8 million times from BitTorrent, putting it leagues ahead of the next most popular downloads.
As TorrentFreak points out, there was never much doubt that Game of Thrones would come out on top. The show has been breaking piracy records frequently, taking the title of the most shared torrent file of all time earlier this year when over 250,000 peers share a torrent of the finale simultaneously.
The data seems to suggest that torrent downloads are still on the rise, especially when it comes to popular cable shows like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad, but once HBO sets its streaming service loose in 2015, there’s a chance that the numbers will finally begin to recede.
Until then, people are going to continue to access their favorite shows however they can.
The top 10 most downloaded shows of 2014 are as follows:
- Game of Thrones
- The Walking Dead
- The Big Bang Theory
- How I Met Your Mother
- Grey’s Anatomy
- South Park