TorrentFreak has released its list of the most downloaded TV shows of 2017, ranked according to most downloaded single episode during the past year.
Game of Thrones was the most downloaded television series over BitTorrent for the sixth year in a row, while The Walking Dead held onto its second-place spot.
While Game of Thrones was the most-viewed season of the show according to conventional TV ratings, it did not set any new BitTorrent swarm records. The highest number of people actively sharing an episode across several torrents was 400,000 at its peak, right after the season finale was posted online.
However, TorrentFreak noted that BitTorrent traffic now makes up a smaller proportion of total piracy traffic. Many people use unlicensed streaming services, which is more difficult to measure.
HBO also felt the sting of Game of Thrones’ popularity this year as hackers broke into their network and attempted to ransom Game of Thrones data. One episode of the show also leaked online before its intended air date.
TorrentFreak compiled the ranking below based on several sources, including statistics reported by public BitTorrent trackers.
The site stated that it has decided to stop reporting download estimates. This is due to various changes in the torrent index/tracker landscape which has made it more challenging to monitor downloads accurately.
|1||(1)||Game of Thrones|
|2||(2)||The Walking Dead|
|4||(6)||The Big Bang Theory|
|5||(new)||Rick and Morty|