Illegal downloads happen, but with certain television it seems to happen a lot more. Like with Game of Thrones, which for the second year in a row has been named as the #1 most pirated show of the year according to Torrent Freak. According to the site, Game of Thrones has already broken two piracy records including the astonishing fact that within 24 hours, the season finale has been downloaded a million times.
We’re not saying that we support illegal downloading, but like we said it happens. That’s why HBO in particular should try and figure out new ways to make their shows available to the general public, rather than keeping it exclusive to their network. As you’ll see in the chart below, the only shows that have higher estimated US TV viewers than estimated downloads are shows that are on premium channels.