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The Top 10 Most Pirated TV-Shows Of 2011 + Illegal Download Trends

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act December 21, 2011 at 11:26AM

Torrent Freak's annual roundup of the most pirated television shows of the year (full list below) has been making the rounds across the web this morning, and while non of the titles on the list are what we'd call *black shows*, a few feature black characters in significant roles.
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Torrent Freak's annual roundup of the most pirated television shows of the year (full list below) has been making the rounds across the web this morning, and while non of the titles on the list are what we'd call *black shows*, a few feature black characters in significant roles.

But regardless of that, I thought it's still a worthwhile list to share.

First, some notable trends from Torrent Freak's report to highlight:

- The percentage of TV-show downloaders, from the US in particular, has steadily declined in recent years. This is in part thanks to alternative viewing options such as Hulu and Netflix.

- In other regions, such as Australia and Europe, the demand for US TV-shows remains strong. 

So, as already noted, the existence of Hulu and Netlix appear to be helping to decrease piracy, which suggests that entertainment companies will find it in their best interest to enter distribution partnerships with online streaming sites like the aforementioned, and to make their content available within a reasonable amount of time after airing on TV networks. Otherwise, audiences will go look for the content elsewhere, and that often means illegal downloads.

As Torrent Freak says, the challenge for TV companies is to come up with a business model that allows users to consume what they want at any given time, without losing revenue in the process. Emphasis on the word "challenge," because it is one.

Below is a list of the most downloaded TV-shows of 2011 (per episode), together with the viewer average for TV in the US, collected by TorrentFreak from several sources, including reports from all public BitTorrent trackers (fascinating when the number of illegal downloads per episode matches or supasses the average audience size per episode):

rank show downloads est. US TV viewers
torrentfreak.com
1 Dexter 3,620,000 2,190,000
2 Game of Thrones 3,400,000 3,040,000
3 The Big Bang Theory 3,090,000 15,980,000
4 House 2,760,000 9,780,000
5 How I Met Your Mother 2,410,000 12,220,000
6 Glee 2,200,000 9,210,000
7 The Walking Dead 2,060,000 7,260,000
8 Terra Nova 1,910,000 9,220,000
9 True Blood 1,850,000 5,530,000
10 Breaking Bad 1,730,000 2,580,000

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