A drama that runs on cable ranks as this year’s most pirated television show. The New York Times’ ArtsBeat, citing data from the website TorrentFreak, reports that the honor goes to the HBO drama "Game of Thrones."
An individual episode of "Game of Thrones" was illegally downloaded about 4.28 million times, although the specific episode wasn’t identified, the story notes.
According to TorrentFreak, the reason for "Game of Thrones’" popularity with pirating is because of its airing delays and HBO’s decision not to make it widely available online. For instance, fans in Australia must wait one week longer than U.S. viewers to watch the show.
The second-most pirated show, ranked by single-episode downloads, was "Dexter," followed by "The Big Bang Theory" in third place.