'Game of Thrones' Tops List of 2015's Most Pirated TV Shows

Game of Thrones Bran Stark Still - H 2015
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Game of Thrones Bran Stark Still - H 2015

'The Walking Dead' and 'The Big Bang Theory' round out this year's top three most illegally downloaded shows.

HBO’s Game of Thrones once again topped TorrentFreak’s year-end list of the most pirated TV shows. The HBO drama, which has taken the top slot since 2012, was followed by The Walking Dead and The Big Bang Theory in the No. 2 and 3 slots, respectively.

According to TorrentFreak, which compiles the annual list, Game of Thrones had an estimated 14.4 million downloads, with 8.1 million television viewers. The Walking Dead had an estimated 6.9 million downloads and The Big Bang Theory followed with 4.4 million.

Game of Thrones, the fantasy epic based on the novels by George R.R. Martin, hit a piracy record this year when episodes were downloaded 7 million times from Feb. 5 to April 6. The show has been declared HBO's most watched series of all time

The rest of the top 10 pirated shows and estimated downloads are below. The ranking does not included downloads from file-hosting and online streaming services.

1. Game of Thrones - 14.4 million

2. The Walking Dead - 6.9 million

3. The Big Bang Theory - 4.4 million

4. Arrow - 3.9 million

5. The Flash - 3.6 million

6. Mr. Robot - 3.5 million

7. Vikings - 3.3 million

8. Supergirl - 3 million

9. The Blacklist -  2.9 million

10. Suits - 2.6 million