Game of Thrones the most illegally downloaded TV show of 2016

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Game of Thrones is the most pirated TV show of 2016.

For the fifth consecutive year, the critically acclaimed fantasy drama has topped the list of most illegally downloaded TV shows using the popular torrent client BitTorrent.

After the final episode of season 6 was broadcast earlier this year, a staggering 350,000 torrents for Games of Thrones were available online.

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Following Game of Thrones, zombie show Walking Dead was the next most illegally downloaded show of the year, while popular sci-fi show Westworld came in third place.

The list of the most illegally downloaded TV shows was compiled by TorrentFreak, who said that while the rise of services like Netflix has meant that the amount of illegal downloads has decreased, the quality of illegal videos has increased.

“In recent years, many pirates have moved from 480p copies to 720p and 1080p videos, in part thanks to better broadband availability,” TorrentFreak reported.

Here is the list in full:

1. Game of Thrones
2. The Walking Dead
3. Westworld
4. The Flash
5. Arrow
6. The Big Bang Theory
7. Vikings
8. Lucifer
9. Suits
10. The Grand Tour

Earlier this month it was reported that The Grand Tour had smashed all previous records to become the most illegally downloaded TV show of all time.

Online analytics firm Muso told the The Guardian that the first episode of The Grand Tour had been downloaded a staggering 7.9 million times.

However, TorrentFreak was quick to point out that the download figures of The Grand Tour are actually just a fraction of the number of illegal downloads of more established shows such as Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.

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