In TorrentFreak's annual look at the year's most pirated television shows, "Game Of Thrones" took home the "top" spot for the second year in a row.
With 5.9 million estimated BitTorrent downloads for the season 3 finale, "Game of Thrones" easily beat out competition that included "Breaking Bad" (4.2 million) and "The Walking Dead" (3.6 million).
Unlike "The Walking Dead" or "Breaking Bad" however, "Game Of Thrones," "Homeland" and "Dexter" -- all shows on premium cable -- were the only shows in the top 10 where the number of estimated BitTorrent downloads exceeded the estimated number of TV viewers.
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Even Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes sees a silver lining in the rampant piracy for "Game Of Thrones." "That's better than an Emmy," Bewkes said during an August earnings call in reference to "Game Of Thrones" being the most pirated show of 2012. “Our experience is, it all leads to more [subscribers