One series is by far the most violent show on television, counting an average of 25 dead bodies per episode, according to The Hollywood Reporter, citing a study of 40 TV series. The show? The Starz drama "Spartacus: Vengeance."
In a distant second place is HBO’s "Game of Thrones," which has an average of 14 dead bodies per episode, the story notes, citing a study from funeral resource guide Funeralwise.com.
The study found that the 40 television shows averaged 132 dead bodies in a single week.
"We did not find a direct correlation between the body count and viewership, but these programs are definitely popular with the viewing audience," said Rick Paskin, Funeralwise managing partner.
How does this study tie in with Funeralwise’s mission? Paskin explains, "As a funeral resource, the role of death in modern society is an interesting subject to Funeralwise. We know how difficult it is to get people to proactively plan for their funeral."
Or as The Hollywood Reporter notes, "The next time you watch a loincloth-clad actor decapitate a room full of Roman guards, maybe take a moment to consider the pros and cons of cremation versus burial."
The CW spy drama "Nikita" is the most deadly broadcast series, with nine dead bodies per episode. (The piece notes that the body count for vampires — 18 per episode of “The Vampire Diaries” — or zombies — about 16 a week in “The Walking Dead” — isn’t measured on equal terms with human deaths.)
"Revenge," the ABC drama about a woman seeking vengeance for her wronged father, is among the networks’ safest series.