And the most pirated television show of 2013 is …

by Colin McGuire. 0 Comments

Breaking Bad finished second. Gus is sad. (Photo courtesy The Associated Press)

Breaking Bad finished second. Gus is sad. (Photo courtesy The Associated Press)

All right. Here we go. Much like we’ve done for the last two years, it’s time to take a look at the most-pirated television show of the year via the fine people at TorrentFreak. But before we do, how about we revisit the 2012 edition, no? Here you be:

1. Game of Thrones
2. Dexter
3. The Big Bang Theory
4. How I Met Your Mother
5. Breaking Bad
6. The Walking Dead
7. Homeland
8. House
9. Fringe
10. Revolution

And now for the main event. Oh, the expectation is killing me! You’re up, 2013:

1. Game of Thrones
2. Breaking Bad
3. The Walking Dead
4. The Big Bang Theory
5. Dexter
6. How I Met Your Mother
7. Suits
8. Homeland
9. Vikings
10. Arrow

Yep. That’s right. For the second year in a row, HBO’s fantasy drama has the dubious distinction of being the most stolen show of the year.

“With 5.9 million downloads via BitTorrent, the 2013 season finale has beat the competition by a landslide,” read the list’s accompanying article on Wednesday. “Game of Thrones’ win comes as no surprise since the show has broken two piracy records already this year, with over 170,000 people sharing a copy of an episode simultaneously.”

Wow, that’s a lot of free, illegal television. Someone at HBO must be blowing smoke out their ears at this news, right? Not so fast, says Variety‘s Todd Spangler …

“Recently some execs have pointed out that the economic harms of illegal file sharing are mitigated by its promotional benefits,” he wrote Thursday. “Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes this summer quipped that widespread piracy of ‘Game of Thrones’ was ‘better than an Emmy,’ and said HBO has been dealing with theft of its content for years. And ‘Breaking Bad’ creator Vince Gilligan said in a BBC interview that piracy helped boost the show’s ‘brand awareness,’ while also acknowledging it was a problem.”

Oh, really, Gilligan?! It’s such a problem that your show became one of the most successful dramas cable television has ever seen?!! This phenomenon was such a hinderance that you have people falling over themselves in a rush to claim how it ranks as the best thing to hit TV since instant replay?!?! Yeah, dude. Wipe away your tears with all those 100-dollar bills the thing made you. Now, go grab “The Walking Dead” guy and find a violin to soundtrack your whining party.

Anyway, the list will look much different next year because a handful of regulars — “Dexter,” “Breaking Bad” and “How I Met Your Mother,” for instance — will presumably no longer be in production (unless Gus wants it another way!), so that should make way for some interesting additions. Early money in Vegas has “Masters of Sex” filling spot No. 2, while some people have “Hello Ladies” cracking the top 10. I’m kidding.

Kind of.

In any case, as we always like to say around this time … there you have it! 2013’s installment of TV Without A TV now officially has a bow on it. Be on the lookout for my countdown of the year in music next week, but for now, here’s to a better 2014 and here’s to hoping this site doesn’t change another 39,921 times!

Auld Lang Syne.


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