How do you put a bow on 2012? Do you do it by looking back on the year in music, both locally and nationally? Do you do it by speaking with Bob and Rita Marley’s oldest song and writing about it on the heels of his recent live album? Do you do it by contemplating enrolling in Hamburger University without ever really figuring out how to do it? Or, do you do it by simply looking back on …
… The most pirated show of 2012?!
That’s right, friends. Much like I did last December, it’s time to say goodbye to the year in Internet television by looking at the top 10 most pirated television shows of the last 12 months. For those who may have missed it last year, the rankings went something like this …
2. Game of Thrones
3. The Big Bang Theory
5. How I Met Your Mother
7. The Walking Dead
8. Terra Nova
9. True Blood
10. Breaking Bad
Did you get that? Good. Now, how does that measure up to this year’s collection? Did “Dexter” reclaim its crown? Did “Glee” still matter? Did “Terra Nova” … wait … whatever happened to “Terra Nova?” Oh, that’s right — it faced extinction!
Bahahaha! Thank you, thank you. You’re far too kind. Don’t forget to tip your bartenders, and please remember to sign the guest book on the way out the door.
All right. Via the fine people at Torrent Freak, the list goes as such …
1. Game of Thrones
3. The Big Bang Theory
4. How I Met Your Mother
5. Breaking Bad
6. The Walking Dead
Ah-ha! Take that, “Dexter.” That will teach you to never kill a character played by Mos Def earlier than you should!
What led to “Game of Thrones” toppling the Morgan family this year, you ask? Take it from the Freaks themselves …
“For chart leader ‘Game of Thrones’ this is no different,” Torrent Freak wrote when releasing the numbers. “Airing delays and HBO’s choice not to make it widely available online are two of the top reasons why so many people pirated the show. ‘Game of Thrones’ is particularly popular in Australia, where people have to wait a week longer than fans in the U.S. to view the show. Nevertheless, even in the U.S. hundreds and thousands are downloading the show for free, although many would love to pay for it if HBO offered a standalone HBO GO subscription.”
Love to pay for it? That’s pretty strong. Nobody loves to pay for anything, guys.
Anyway, the pirated numbers rose slightly this year (as you’ll see if you click over), with viewers stealing “Game of Thrones” 4,280,000 times. What’s more fun is the fact that the estimated U.S. television viewers for the show sits at … 4.2 million. “Dexter,” which was illegally downloaded about 3.6 million times last year, still saw its numbers rise this year (3,850,000), even though it lost its hold on the top spot.
Maybe the most interesting addition/subtraction moment comes with the absence of “True Blood,” a one-time inescapable HBO-gram centered on very, very pretty vampires — it’s gone while “Homeland” is in. I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that “Revolution” will take the “Terra Nova” role next year (you do the math), and it should go without saying that “House” and “Fringe” will no longer appear on this list in 2013 because of the former ending this year and the latter ending in about three weeks.
So, there you have it. 2012 can now officially be put to bed. Don’t thank me — thank yourself, the wonderfully festive and intelligent blog-reader, for finding ways to steal copyrighted material online. Without you, this blog couldn’t even exist!
Here’s hoping to a better 2013 — 2012 can go get bleepin’ lost, for all I care! (Side: when was the last time you heard the phrase “for all I care?” 1992?).
Via con dios.