Most Pirated TV Shows of 2012: Game of Thrones, Dexter

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They are two of the most popular shows on TV... and also two of the most popular shows NOT on TV.

According to a new study by TorrentFreak, Game of Thrones was the most pirated show on television in 2012; it was followed, in order, by:

  • Dexter
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Breaking Bad
Sansa on Her Knees
Dexter and a Hand

Why Game of Thrones? The study cites HBO's lack of making the epic available online in a timely manner.

The study also showed that over 80 percent of all piracy takes place outside the United States, as international fans simply cannot wait to catch up on seasons when they finally air abroad.

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