Game of Thrones, the hit HBO show, finished it’s third season this month but for many viewers they wont’ have to wait for the Blu Ray release to re-watch all of the thrilling episodes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Game of Thrones tops a list of the ten most pirated shows on television this season. Game of Thrones beat out CBS’ hit show The Big Bang Theory by nearly 2 million downloads to take the top spot on the list.
The rankings, which estimates the total downloads per episode for March through June, say Thrones was downloaded 5.2 million times per episode. That’s more than 2 million more than No. 2 on the list, CBS’The Big Bang Theory (2.9 million downloads) and No. 3, CBS’ How I Met Your Mother (2.85 million downloads).
Here’s a look at the entire list of the top ten most pirated shows of this past TV season:
1. Game of Thrones — HBO (5.2 million)
2. The Big Bang Theory — CBS (2.9 million)
3. How I Met Your Mother — CBS (2.85 million)
4. The Walking Dead –AMC (2.7 million)
5. Hannibal — NBC (2.1 million)
6. Vikings — History Channel (1.9 million)
7. Arrow — CW (1.85 million)
8. The Vampire Diaries — CW (1.8 million)
9. Modern Family — ABC (1.75 million)
10. Revenge — ABC (1.7 million)
It should come as no surprise that Game of Thrones tops the list of most pirated shows of the season given the show’s immense popularity with audiences and the fact that it airs on HBO, which is a pay channel. Other channels are much more accessible like NBC or CBS, and viewers wanting to see Game of Thrones can’t get new episodes without paying for the premium channel.