Every year piracy news site Torrentfreak compiles the most pirated TV shows of the year.

Here are the top 10…

10. Revolution


Downloads: 2,130,000
U.S. Viewers: 11,650,000

When Revolution launched, it held the promise for fans of a new Lost. Its mix of a post-apocalyptic world where electricity has stopped working and the involvement of Lost creator J.J. Abrams created big expectations. Reviews have been mixed and a good portion of the Internet really hates the main character. But it pulled in a lot of viewers, including a healthy portion of illegal ones.


9. Fringe


Downloads: 2,280,000
U.S. Viewers: 3,120,000

When it debuted in 2008, Fringe drew nearly 10 million viewers. The appeal for this interesting science fiction show has waned a lot and its fourth season only attracted a third of that. Yet oddly enough this is the first year that Fringe appears on the top 10, perhaps because season 5 is its final run.


8. House


Downloads: 2,340,000
U.S. Viewers: 9,780,000

The surreal life of Dr. Gregory House has made Hugh Laurie a superstar and everyone wonder if they have an obscure disease. But it had to come to an end and after eight seasons the angry and cynical physician has hung up his stethoscope. The show has featured in this top 10 since 2008 and its departure will no doubt leave a hole on many download queues.


7. Homeland


Downloads: 2,400,000
U.S. Viewers: 2,360,000

Few TV shows have managed to be as nail-biting as this cat-and-mouse terrorist thriller – even the U.S. President admitted that he is a fan. Yet it took the world a while to catch onto Homeland and its first season didn’t make previous lists. Season two had no such drawbacks and quickly climbed the ranks of illegal downloads. If the show maintains its incredible pace and performance, Homeland may very well return again in future top 10s.


6. The Walking Dead

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Downloads: 2,550,000
U.S. Viewers: 10,870,000

A show about zombies, based on a popular series of graphic novels, was going to be big on the Internet even before it started. The Walking Dead launched on a wave of hype and still managed to exceed expectations. Season 2 wasn’t as well received, but it didn’t dampen viewer numbers or pirate downloads. In fact, the show climbed from 7th to 6th spot and also boosted its legal viewers by a third.


5. Breaking Bad

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