'Game of Thrones': Most pirated show of the TV season

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Since the recent "Game of Thrones" Season 3 finale set a new piracy record (more than 170,000 people sharing the episode simultaneously on BitTorrent), it's no surprise that the HBO fantasy series is the most pirated TV show of the season by far.

According to the file-sharing news site TorrentFreak, "Game of Thrones" earned the top spot of the 10 most pirated shows of the season with more than 5 million illegal downloads on BitTorrent for a single episode -- a 25 percent increase from last year, and almost twice as much as the No. 2 show on the list, "The Big Bang Theory." Thanks to George R.R. Martin's Red Wedding massacre this season -- and the ensuing social media storm that followed -- it's no surprise that "Game of Thrones" became the must-watch show of the season illegally.

Also worth noting is that three of the Top 10 most pirated shows of the season were all debuting their first season: "Hannibal," "Arrow," and "Vikings." Not bad for a freshman run!

Check out the full list of this season's top 10 most-downloaded TV shows (single episode) according to data collected by TorrentFreak and BitTorrent trackers:

1. "Game of Thrones" (5,200,000 downloads)

2. "The Big Bang Theory" (2,900,000 downloads)

3. "How I Met Your Mother" (2,850,000 downloads)

4. "The Walking Dead "(2,700,000 downloads)

5. "Hannibal" (2,100,000 downloads)

6. "Vikings" (1,900,000 downloads)

7. "Arrow" (1,850,000 downloads)

8. "The Vampire Diaries" (1,800,000 downloads)

9. "Modern Family" (1,750,000 downloads)

10. "Revenge" (1,700,000 downloads)

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