And the most pirated TV show of the spring season is… “Game of Thrones,” according to TorrentFreak, a news site devoted to the file downloading site BitTorrent. The news isn’t too surprising, as “Thrones” is one of the water cooler shows of the moment, but airs on the pay cable channel HBO.
“Thrones” has an estimated 4.2 million viewers per episode, and an additional 3.9 million in illegal downloads.
Perhaps these numbers will be enough for HBO to take the “Take My Money HBO” campaign, in which fans are asking HBO to make their online viewing platform HBO Go available to non-subscribers for a separate fee, more seriously.
According to the site, “Thrones” is likely to remain the top downloaded show of 2012, dethroning last year’s champion, “Dexter,” which airs on Showtime, a network that reaches even fewer viewers than HBO.
Rounding out the top five most downloaded are “How I Met Your Mother,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “House,” and “Mad Men,” three of which are not available online after airing (“House” episodes were available eight days after the air date).
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