Most Pirated TV Shows Of 2012: 'Game Of Thrones,' 'Dexter' Top List

12/26/2012 02:21 pm ET | Updated Dec 26, 2012

"Game of Thrones" was the most popular show to torrent download in 2012, according to a new report. TorrentFreak reports the Season 2 finale of the HBO fantasy series was illegally downloaded 4,280,000 times, making it the most downloaded TV episode of the year.

The website released its annual list of the most torrented shows, with cable hits and sitcoms taking top honors. An episode of "Dexter" was downloaded 3.85 million times. According to TorrentFreak, many of the downloads occur outside the US because distribution outside the country is limited. CBS's "The Big Bang Theory" had 3.2 million downloads. CBS's "How I Met Your Mother" came in fourth with 2.96 downloads. "Breaking Bad" was downloaded 2.58 million times.

"Game of Thrones" was the top torrented show of spring 2012, TorrentFreak had it on track to be the most-downloaded of the year in June. "The Big Bang Theory" and "How I Met Your Mother" were also on the list in June.

See the full list at TorrentFreak.

"Game of Thrones" returns Sunday, March 31 on HBO.

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