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Now, as far as bittersweet victories go, HBO's Game of Thrones is likely more used to putting them on the small screen than at actually experiencing them. After all, while Sansa Stark, Cersei Lannister and, of course, Jon Snow have long since gotten used to their victories tasting more like defeats, the show itself has been going from strength to strength, with its having moved from "solid" back in Season 1 to "Earth-shatteringly good" in Season 6. Plus there's all those Emmys, which is always nice.

Even those achievements, though, can't quite shake the fact that is also the market leader in being downloaded illegally — and every one of those downloads is effectively money lost for . As it turns out, though...

'Game Of Thrones' May Have Been Deposed As TV's Most Torrented Show

'Game of Thrones' [Credit: HBO]
'Game of Thrones' [Credit: HBO]

Y'see, while Game of Thrones has managed to accrue blockbuster illegal downloading figures of as much as 14.4 million — for its 2015 finale, which only managed 8.1 million legal viewers on the night it was broadcast — it might just be facing a new challenger for the throne. 's is here, and along with a gang of intentionally offensive British TV presenters with a history of being fired from the BBC, it's also bringing a whole lot more torrenting than you might expect.

Y'see, despite (or, perhaps, because of) being a show about English loudmouths driving cars slightly too fast, The Grand Tour has apparently racked up some astonishingly high illegal downloading figures, with its first episode already reaching up to 7.9 million downloads. With its second and third episodes not far behind, it seems that the show may just be — in the words of Chris Elkins, CCO of the illegal downloading analytics-themed company Muso — "the most illegally downloaded program ever."

'Game of Thrones' [Credit: HBO]
'Game of Thrones' [Credit: HBO]

Indeed, according to Elkins:

"It is off the scale in terms of volume... It has overtaken every big show, including 'Game Of Thrones,' for the totals across different platforms... We monitor thousands of campaigns and this one really stands out."

Which, of course, doesn't entirely explain how the show has beaten Game of Thrones' 14.4 million haul (the actual math remains a little arcane), but would seem to suggest that Amazon's subscription-driven model may be struggling a little in the face of torrenting either way. Or, alternatively, that a lot of people really want to watch drive around insulting people, but really, really don't want to pay to do so.

What do you think, though? Who would win in a fist-fight between Jon Snow and Jeremy Clarkson? No cars or direwolves allowed. Let us know below!

(Sources: The Independent)


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