Even though the crime of theft would likely result in one getting an arm - or more - lopped off in Westeros, fans of HBO's 'Game of Thrones' appear willing to take the risk here on Earth.
TorrentFreak has released its list of the top 10 most illegally downloaded programs during the spring and the "winner," if you choose to classify it as that, is 'Game of Thrones.' Hooray?
The numbers of downloads for the show are staggering. Consider this - the number 2 show on the list is CBS' 'The Big Bang Theory,' which averages 2.9 million downloads per show. 'Game of Thrones' averages more than 2 million more downloads per show, at an average of 5.2 million. That is almost as many people who watch it on HBO!
Rounding out the top 10 are:
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)
Any of those surprise you? I am a little shocked that 'The Big Bang Theory' and 'How I Met Your Mother' are so high on the list. I would assume that more serious fare, telling a more complex story, would attract more attention. It seems like for all those other programs that missing an episode can leave out crucial plot points that are necessary heading forward. The two CBS comedies do not feel that way, to me.
These numbers are based on downloads from March to June of this year.