With 14.4M downloads, Game of Thrones is the most-pirated TV show of 2015

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Game of Thrones was illegally downloaded more than 14 million times in 2015, according to TorrentFreak's annual compilation of the most-pirated television shows.

It's the fourth year in a row that the HBO show has sat atop the most-pirated chart. TorrentFreak estimates that episodes of the show were downloaded 14.4 million times during the year, more than twice as many as the number two contender, AMC's zombie thriller The Walking Dead, which had 6.9 million downloads. In third place is CBS' Big Bang Theory, downloaded 4.4 million times.

The numbers suggest the GoT audience watching via piracy may be substantially larger than the show's US television audience, which is estimated at 8.1 million.

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