Game Of Thrones has been crowned the most illegally downloaded show of spring 2013, with a host of other seriables making up the top ten.
As compiled by Torrent Freak, the rankings estimate the total downloads per episode from March through June. According to the figures, Thrones was downloaded 5.2 million times per episode – 2 million more than the No. 2 ranked show, The Big Bang Theory.
The Walking Dead and freshman shows Hannibal and Vikings are other notable seriables making up the top ten.
Despite being heavily pirated, both Thrones and Walking Dead continued to secure record-breaking seasons. That said, the debate over the pros and cons of piracy (and the related issue of legal accessibility) when it comes to serialized TV shows continues.
Full rankings follow:
1. Game of Thrones (5.2 million)
2. The Big Bang Theory (2.9 million)
3. How I Met Your Mother (2.85 million)
4. The Walking Dead (2.7 million)
5. Hannibal (2.1 million)
6. Vikings (1.9 million)
7. Arrow (1.85 million)
8. The Vampire Diaries (1.8 million)
9. Modern Family (1.75 million)
10. Revenge (1.7 million)