THE SERIES FINALE of Breaking Bad notched up a record 500,000 illegal downloads in less than 12 hours, making it the most 'pirated' episode of the meth cooking drama.
Bittorrent news website Torrentfreak tallied up the Breaking Bad download numbers, and reported that just 12 hours after the first copy surfaced on the web more than 500,000 people had illegally downloaded it to find out the fate of Walt and Jesse.
Thanks to streaming service Netflix, which added the Breaking Bad season finale one day after it aired in the US, the UK wasn't the biggest destination when it came to downloading the TV show. Australia racked up the biggest number, accounting for 18 percent of Breaking Bad downloads, while the US accounted for 14.5 percent and the UK just 9.3 percent.
At the peak download time more than 85,000 people from all over the world were sharing a single copy of the Breaking Bad finale, Torrentfreak added. While this made the Breaking Bad series finale the most downloaded episode of the show so far, Game of Thrones still holds the record for the most illegal downloads, with more than 170,000 people having shared a single copy of the TV show at once.
AMC has not commented on the download figures, but it's unlikely to be too bothered, as the large numbers reflect the popularity of the TV series.
Recently, Game of Thrones director David Petrarca said he believed that the buzz created by downloaders eventually leads to more paying subscribers, and Graham Linehan, writer of The IT Crowd, said that US fans should "do what they have to do" to watch the last episode of the show. µ
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