The 5 Most Pirated TV Shows Of 2012

The battle between those that share/download media files and the companies that produce/distribute is heating up. Differing jurisdictions and ISPs have brought in (or are planning to bring in) a range of laws and sanctions in an effort to curb illegal file sharing.

Despite the increased risk (and number of sites being shut down) of prosecution, there appears to be no sign of an end to the illegal distribution of  TV shows such as those listed below. Some recent articles have reported a reduction in the sharing of music files (via peer-to-peer), however.

The numbers of downloads involved can be quite staggering, with one episode of “Game of Thrones” being downloaded illegally over 4 million times worldwide. Here are the 5 most pirated TV series of 2012, a list compiled by Torrentfreak (using stats from BitTorrent)


1. Game of Thrones

Season 2 of this magnificent fantasy saga dominates the chart. Based on the series of books by George R.R. Martin entitled “A Song of Ice and Fire

Acclaimed critically in all sectors, it’s no wonder that this HBO series is so popular amongst file-sharers. This show has it all! Action, drama, fantasy, suspense and some hardcore nudity (if you’re into that sort of thing)…

A fear is that future series may not live up to the same standards, as latter book in Martin’s series get very mixed reviews, to say the least. Hopefully the screen writers (including Martin himself) can make up for any shortfalls in the the novels!


2. Dexter

From the outset, you would wonder just how long a show that revolves around a serial killer/forensics analyst can carry on for. OK, so there have been a few bumpy moments along the way, and season 6 was a bit OTT at times. Season 7 marked a return to form according to most critics, and although it dropped down from being number one most downloaded TV show in 2011,

Michael C. Hall’s brilliance continues to pull in the viewers, and the downloaders (3,850K downloads), for Showtimes’s Dexter. Interestingly, this is the only programme on this top 5 list that had more downloads than it had US TV audience (2,750K viewers), albeit the download figures are worldwide.


3. The Big Bang Theory

Now in it’s sixth series, this CBS comedy show centering around some nerdy physicists remains extremely popular with large viewing figures, both on TV and from downloads (with just over 3 million shares). This is the most watched show on this list, with a US TV audience of over 15 million viewers.


4. How I Met Your Mother

Another comedy from CBS, “HIMYM”, and another heavily-shared set of video files! Last year’s seasons 7/8 amassed nearly 3 million downloads.


5. Breaking Bad

Spoiler alert for this video!!

Just over two and a half million downloads for this personal favorite from AMC. 2012 saw the release of the first 8 epsiodes of the fifth, and final, season of this multi-award winning show. Based on a good-living chemistry teacher gone bad, it features a brilliant leading cast including Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul (both of whom have won Emmy’s for their performances).

The last ever episodes will be released in the summer of 2013 and I, like millions of other fans, can’t wait to see what the brilliance will be served up.


Also read – the most downloaded movies of 2012


TorrentFreak, Wikipedia

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