'Chuck,' 'Gossip Girl' Top Most Pirated TV Show List
by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 1st 2010 5:40PM
You're not likely to see 'The Walking Dead' and '90210' show up on the same list very often. Well, except for torrent website Pirate Bay's ranking of the most pirated TV shows.
It's no surprise that premium cable shows are ranked throughout the list, but the other random entries make it hard to pin down any sort of overall trend.
There are genre shows such as 'Chuck' and 'The Walking Dead,' both of which have a strong niche audience. Then there's '90210' and 'Gossip Girl.' They would indicate an already known fact: Young, tech-savvy viewers are doing the downloading. But there are some surprises, like one very popular Canadian series and several US shows that pull in mediocre ratings.
Check out the full list, courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter, below.
2. 'Gossip Girl'
3. 'The Event'
6. 'Lie to Me'
7. 'The Walking Dead'
8. 'Boardwalk Empire'
9. 'Lost Girl'
10. 'True Blood'
Many of the shows have already carved out a niche audience, one that spans countries and continents. Hulu only being available in the U.S. and networks restricting their content based on location could explain a number of these shows making the top 10.
The CW's shows, 'Gossip Girl' and '90210,' are not always readily available via official online channels. The CW's target audience of young women align with that of 'Lost Girl,' a supernatural Canadian drama.
'Dexter,' 'True Blood' and 'Boardwalk Empire' air on premium cable channels so their presence is explained easily. 'Chuck,' 'The Event' and 'The Walking Dead' are popular among genre fans and they are generally more tech-savvy than an average audience member. 'Lost Girl' could be lumped into that category too. Plus, 'Chuck' and 'The Event' air in competitive time slots. But, the question remains: Who is downloading 'Lie to Me'? Is there a massive international audience? Insatiable Tim Roth fan base?
All shows listed are hour-long programs, so where are the comedies? The majority of half-hour shows do not have series long stories, whereas dramas generally do. Comedies are easier to come in and out of, you miss an episode of 'Two and a Half Men' and it's not the end of the world. If you miss an episode of 'Dexter,' you could be missing a very crucial twist.
Tell us: Do you watch any of these shows? Why do you think they made the list?