In a day and age where everybody expects everything to be free, perhaps it’s a status symbol when people are stealing your stuff like crazy. It certainly bodes well for Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones, who once again are topping the charts for the most pirated shows on TV.
#2 on the list is Breaking Bad, then Walking Dead, which fans illegally downloaded 4.2 million and 3.6 million times respectively. The Reporter also points out there’s more people illegally downloading the show than legitimately watching it in the States.
Other shows on the list this year include Dexter with 3.1 million downloads, Homeland with 2.4 million, Vikings with 2.3 million, and Arrow, with 2.2 million. Most of the top ten are genre shows, which we don’t find too surprising, and we’re guessing that unlike what Napster did to the music business, illegal downloading is probably a bragging right for genre shows. It’s certainly not putting these shows in jeopardy of being cancelled, and the most important thing of all is people are watching in droves.