Which are the most pirated shows of the year? Game of Thrones, Dexter, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, more

by Nick Barnes

Game of Thrones

For the second year in a row, Game of Thrones has become the most pirated TV show of the year, according TorrentFreak.

A whopping 5.9 million illegal downloads took place via BitTorrent.

Back in June we also reported that GoT was the most pirated show of Spring 2013, with 5.2 million downloads per episode throughout March and June.

Compared to last year, the show had 4.28 million illegal downloads in the end of year rundown, so there’s a much higher download rate this year.

Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead also featured in the top 3, with the former being in second place and the latter in third. An estimated 4.2 million downloads came in for Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead saw around 3.6 million downloads.

The Hollywood Reporter points out that Game of Thrones is the only show on the list that has more illegal downloads than it has viewers in the U.S.

For the first time, Viking’s charted as did The CW’s Arrow. USA’s Suits also joined the list once again this year after failing to chart in 2012.

Back in June, The Walking Dead featured in fourth place for the March through June period and had 2.7 million downloads. Arrow also featured in seventh place with 1.85 million torrent downloads.


The Big Bang Theory features on the end of year list for 2013 in fourth place with 3.4 million downloads, which is a little lower than expected but then again, it’s a good thing for the network.

How I Met Your Mother, which is currently in its last year also featured in sixth place with 3 million downloads and Dexter, which came to an end earlier this year had 3.1 million downloads in fifth place.

Check out the full list, below:

  1. Game of Thrones (5.9 million)
  2. Breaking Bad (4.2 million)
  3. The Walking Dead (3.6 million)
  4. The Big Bang Theory (3.4 million)
  5. Dexter (3.1 million)
  6. How I Met Your Mother (3 million)
  7. Suits (2.6 million)
  8. Homeland (2.4 million)
  9. Vikings (2.3 million)
  10. Arrow (2.2 million)