For the producers, creators, actors, and networks connected to the the shows on TorrentFreak's 2018 list of most-pirtated shows, there's a lot of "glass-half-fill/glass-empty" ways to look at this year-end "honor." On the plus side, it shows that there's still a rabid interest in your series – in some instances, even after several seasons. On the down side, there's a lot of people not getting paid fairly for their work. On the plus side, more eyeballs watching a series can help boost merchandising sales. On the down side, there's a lot of people not getting paid fairly for their work.
Whichever side of the argument you fall on, we here at Bleeding Cool pass no judgments either way – but we do think you'd want to know the results of TorrentFreak's survey, which looked at single-episode sharing (not full season downloads) and was based on several sources, including statistics reported by public BitTorrent trackers and the DHT network.
Without any new episodes of HBO's Game of Thrones this year, 2017's #2-#4 (The Walking Dead, The Flash, The Big Bang Theory) all got to move up one spot on the list. This year's rankings brings Game of Thrones run at the top of the list to an end after six years – though most expect the series to return to its throne next year, after the final season airs. The list also includes DC Universe's new series Titans, entering the list for the first time at #5; fan-favorites Westworld, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, and Supernatural returning; and Vikings and Arrow making big gains.
Here's your look at the most downloaded television shows on BitTorrent this year, with their previous year's rank in parentheses. Note: the list looks at BitTorrent traffic only, and does not include streaming sites and services.