Considering that Game of Thrones is always breaking piracy records, it’s not much of a surprise that sci-fi and fantasy is popular among the torrenting crowd — but HBO’s hit isn’t the only genre fare eating up the bandwidth.
Piracy tracking firm CEG TEK has released a ranking of the top 10 TV shows, and television networks, that were pirated on P2P hub Bittorrent over the last week. It’s always interesting to get a look at which shows are tearing up these charts, as it often reflects more fan fervor than mainstream popularity. Checking it out, we get a little of both.
Not surprisingly, Game of Thrones is the undisputed king, though geek sitcom The Big Bang Theory ranks second, Walking Dead at third, Arrow at fourth, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at seventh, and Once Upon a Time cracks the list in 10th place.
What stands out? Game of Thrones, Big Bang Theory and Walking Dead aren’t much of a surprise, since they’re commercial hits, though The CW’s lower-rated Arrow beating out Marvel’s high-profile S.H.I.E.L.D. is quite telling. It looks like the piracy crowd is closely tuned to which genre shows are worth following quality-wise, and in what order.
Check out the full list below and let us know what you think: