TorrentFreak's annual analysis of torrent downloads showed that the top two shows in the list, Dexter and new HBO series Game of Thrones were downloaded more than they were viewed (legally). That makes sense due to the fact that both of those are on premium cable channels, as opposed to most of the others in the top 10.
The fact that True Blood is at No. 9 in the Top 10, but that its viewership outperformed downloads by nearly three-to-one showed the strength of its viewership.
Outside of the U.S. delays in the release of shows to other countries account for frustration and perhaps jealousy. Many fans simply lose patience and turn to BitTorrent.
The Top Ten List is below.
- Dexter - 3,620,000 (downloads); 2,190,000 (viewers)
- Game of Thrones - 3,400,000; 3,040,000
- The Big Bang Theory - 3,090,000; 15,980,000
- House - 2,760,000; 9,780,000
- How I Met Your Mother - 2,410,000; 12,220,000
- Glee - 2,200,000; 9,210,000
- The Walking Dead - 2,060,000; 7,260,000
- Terra Nova - 1,910,000; 9,220,000
- True Blood - 1,850,000; 5,530,000
- Breaking Bad - 1,730,000; 2,580,000