Game of Thrones has topped a list of the most pirated TV shows for the fourth year running.
Torrentfreak, Game of Thrones Season 5 finale was illegally downloaded 14.4 million times. More than half of those came in the week after its US premiere.
The Walking Dead and The Big Bang Theory were also in the top three, with 6.6 million and 4.4 million downloads respectively.
Earlier this year,
Game of Thrones broke a record when more than 258,000 users shared the show simultaneously.
The number of illegal downloads for
Game of Thrones is almost double the 8 million people who regularly watch the show legally in the US.
The first four episodes of Season 5 leaked online before they aired in April, after one pirate uploaded content from the DVD screeners sent out to critics for review.
The HBO drama was nominated for 24 Emmy Awards in July and, earlier this month, was nominated for the Golden Globe for best drama series.
Game of Thrones Season 6 is due to begin in April.
Game of Thrones Season 5 have been leaked online a day before its official release.
The copies of the first four episodes were spotted on IPTorrents, The Pirate Bay, RARBG and KickassTorrents.
Greg Spence, the producer in charge of post-production for
Game of Thrones told The Denver Post a week ago he was worried about potential leaks.
“The cast is looping all over the world, sending files back and forth.
“Artists are working in special-effects houses all over the world. The files are watermarked, and editors have to confirm in writing that they’ve deleted them.”
The trailer for
Game of Thrones Season 5 was leaked in January after screenings of the last two season four episodes.
The official version was released shortly after.
Game of Thrones was the most pirated show on the internet for three years in a row and after the trailer leak.