Game of Thrones Retains Title of Most Pirat­ed Show for 5th Con­sec­u­tive Year


HBO’s Game of Thrones is arguably one of the most watched TV shows of all time, gaining cult popularity within the first few seasons and it has now defended its title of the most illegally downloaded show on torrents for the fifth year in a row.

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According to Torrent Freak, on an average the TV show saw about 350,000 illegal downloads per episode this year on BitTorrent, while Walking Dead ranked second, followed by Westworld.

This shows that Game of Thrones monopoly on the number one spot remains unchallenged, though according to a report published in the Daily Mail earlier this month, Amazon’s Grand Tour had taken over the as the most downloaded show of the year.

The report claimed that according to piracy monitoring firm MUSO, Grand Tour was downloaded over 7.9 million times, overtaking popular series like Game of Thrones. Although Torrent Freak debunked this misconception in another article by them.

A lot of people have increasingly moved to streaming TV shows and movies online rather than downloading them onto their computer and this might be one of the reasons for the decline of downloads this year.

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Westworld, a science fiction show which has just been live for a season has gained immense popularity among the audience as it has jumped to the third spot, leaving behind shows like The Flash, Arrow, Big Bang Theory and more.

According to Torrent Freak, Grand Tour isn’t even close when it comes to downloads as it comes right at the bottom of the top 10 downloaded shows on BitTorrent — a popular torrent site.

The report also points out that there has been an increase in downloads of high-quality videos as most of the people have moved from 480p downloads to 720 and 1080p, and the uploaders are also following suit. This can be attributed to better speeds available to the users as well as increased FUP.

It’s not hard to believe that Game of Thrones was the most downloaded show of this year, given Jon Snow’s resurrection scenario.

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