The new year comes with many different things, like a hike in train prices, and having to deal with the half week before your bins get emptied again. It also comes with the many stats about the year just gone, including confirmation that Game of Thrones was once again the most pirated TV show of the past 12 months. Which shouldn't be a shock to anyone.
That's the sixth year in a row that HBO's fantasy series topped the piracy charts, even though it was three episodes shorter than previous years. Then again a hefty percentage of those figures probably came from the fact two episodes were leaked ahead of the official broadcast. Despite the fact it's still the pirates' show of choice, three episodes managed to break viewership records, with episodes one, four, and seven earning 10.1 million, 10.2 million, and 12.1 million respective live viewers. Ironically episode four was also the first episode to leak, which you'd have thought would reduce the number of people tuning in.
Game of Thrones wasn't the only high profile show to be pirated a lot this year, with The Walking Dead remaining in the number two slot. They were both followed by The Flash (third, up from fourth), The Big Bang Theory (fourth up from sixth), Rick and Morty (fifth), Prison Break (sixth), Sherlock (seventh), Vikings (eighth down from seventh), Suits (sticking in ninth), and Arrow (10th down from fifth).
Those rankings come from TorrentFreak, compiled using a variety of sources that include publicly available BitTorrent tracking stats.
So it's been a good year for Game of Thrones, whichever way you look at it, though it seems its six year piracy domination streak has come to and end. You know, because the eighth and final series won't actually be arriving until next yea. So in 12 months time you can probably expect The Walking Dead to make a temporary climb to the top of this list. Only to be cruelly deposed a year later after Game of Thrones has returned to TV one last time. [TorrentFreak]