The most-pirated TV shows of 2012
December 28th, 2012
03:27 PM ET

The most-pirated TV shows of 2012

“Game of Thrones” nabs the No. 1 spot on TorrentFreak’s list of 2012’s most-pirated TV shows.

The HBO drama, pictured above with Peter Dinklage, was downloaded more than 4 million times, and was especially popular in Australia, according to the site.

Showtime’s “Dexter,” which occupied the top spot last year, fell to No. 2.

TorrentFreak notes that about 80% of TV piracy occurs outside the United States, and it’s mostly fueled by a lack of availability of such shows.

Here are the 10 most-pirated TV shows this year, according to TorrentFreak:

1. “Game of Thrones”
2. “Dexter”
3. “The Big Bang Theory”
4. “How I Met Your Mother”
5. “Breaking Bad”
6. “The Walking Dead”
7. “Homeland”
8. “House”
9. “Fringe”
10. "Revolution"


Filed under: Game of Thrones • television

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    March 31, 2013 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. heroicslugtest

    I don't have TV service, so yeah - I grabbed every episode of 1, 9, and 10.

    Never seen any of 2-8 though.

    January 26, 2013 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
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    January 23, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kevin

    The top 2 make sense – but aren't the rest of them included in cheap basic cable packages?

    January 23, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
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    January 5, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lizard Lance

    What? "Baywatch" isn't number 1? How can that be possible?

    December 31, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. erzhik

    No wonder GOT is at #1. Best show on TV in a very long time. But as article states, there are 2 reasons why these shows are on the list.
    1. They are not available in most countries
    2. In order to watch Game of Thrones even in US, you need TV subscription and a premium HBO channel. HBO should make its' GO service available as hulu, instead of forcing everyone to subscribe to TV provider.

    December 30, 2012 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
    • David Hoffman

      HBO will probably end up doing a paid subscription service for World Wide Web based streaming by 2020. As long as the cost to the customer is the same, the cable and satellite will not have much argument against the service.

      January 20, 2013 at 5:06 am | Report abuse |
  8. Itsamemario

    *too intense for some i guess* is what i meant to type. Darn phone froze..

    December 29, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Itsamemario

    American horror story didnt even place. Too intp

    December 29, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. howie

    what was s.o.a ranking,i wonder

    December 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. where is he oh god where is he!!!!!!!!!!!

    LMAO

    December 28, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jim

    I don't watch any of those shows. But I sure am going to miss Paige Wyatt from American Guns because Discovery cancelled it.
    She's the kind of woman you would draw if you knew how to draw.

    December 28, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. i thought the walking dead

    was going to be number 1...oh well i guess they are not number 1 like they thought they were

    December 28, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. talk talk talk

    i saw david letterman last week...he is very fun. when i head to california i'm going to try to catch jay leno.
    they are both very funny

    December 28, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |

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