It's been an odd year for pirated TV, as US pirates fell in number but their choice of shows stayed remarkably consistent, and consistently nerdier than mainstream audience tastes. If only the Neilsen ratings reflected this Top 10...
TorrentFreak runs down the top 10 list of most torrented shows of the year, and adds this interesting fact:
TV-shows have traditionally increased in popularity on BitTorrent year after year. In 2010, however, when we look at the most downloaded titles of the year this growth seems to have levelled off a little... The massive piracy of TV-shows is mostly a reflection of the unavailability of these shows in countries outside the U.S., and a signal that TV viewing habits are changing. There is a huge interest in on-demand TV and there are millions of viewers that can potentially bring in millions of dollars in revenue. The percentage of TV-downloaders from the U.S. has steadily declined over the last years, in part thanks to alternative viewing options such as Hulu.
Wait, does this mean that The Man is actually succeeding in his fight against pirates...? That'll be something worth paying attention to next year. In the meantime, here's the top 10:
1. Lost2. Heroes3. Dexter4. The Big Bang Theory5. House6. How I Met Your Mother7. 248. True Blood9. Glee10. Family Guy