Game of Thrones just suffered a major upset. It was not the most pirated TV show in 2018. That's right; following a six-year streak as the most pirated series, Game of Thrones did not just lose the top spot. It dropped out of the top ten entirely.
Game of Thrones did not air a single new episode in 2018. So, there was no demand for new content. It took exactly that to knock the hit show out of the top ten. Ever since Season 2, Game of Thrones has earned the top spot as television's most pirated show.
The premiere of Season 8 should radically alter the current standings. So, Game of Thrones fans who aren't happy that the show didn't top the list can take heart. Just because it did not make the top ten does not mean people are done with the show. So, what shows were pirated the most in 2018? Here's the top ten:
1. The Walking Dead
2. The Flash
3. The Big Bang Theory
9. DC's Legends of Tomorrow
The Walking Dead was very much alive when it came to interest in pirating episodes of the TV show. The veteran zombie drama surged to the top spot following a second-place finish in 2017. Its 2018 run witnessed the much-buzzed-about exit of Rick Grimes, so its first-place finish is not a complete shocker.
In Game of Thrones' absence, the top three each moved up a spot, while two other shows moved up an impressive four spots. History's Vikings rose from an eighth-place finish in 2017 to a top-five finish in 2018, seizing the No. 4 slot. With Game of Thrones taking a break, genre fans' need for cutthroat action continued.
The CW's Arrow also rose four spots. The superhero series surged from tenth-place into sixth. Last year saw Arrow's sixth season end on a huge cliffhanger, and Season 7 picked up with Oliver behind bars in prison. Not to mention, the Arrow-verse's "Elseworlds" crossover event may have attracted internet pirates.
New to the most-pirated list was DC Universe's freshman series, Titans. The much-anticipated superhero drama finished in fifth place, surpassing two of The CW's Arrow-verse series. DC's Legends of Tomorrow seized ninth place.
Of the top ten most pirated shows, only one of them was a much-loved sitcom. That honor belongs to The Big Bang Theory. The series will sign off in the first half of 2019. So, it may very well remain in the top ten next year. There will undoubtedly be high demand in the world of internet piracy for the series finale.