Although The Walking Dead saw its lowest ratings in its nine-season run in 2018, a lot of uncounted viewers were apparently watching the departure of protagonist Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) via illegal download instead. The AMC series topped the list of most pirated TV shows of 2018.
According to TorrentFreak, The Walking Dead dethroned Game of Thrones to earn the top spot on the list, which the HBO series has held for six consecutive years. Given that we haven’t seen a new episode of Game of Thrones since August 2017, the news isn't much of a shock. Up until now, The Walking Dead has held the number two spot since 2014.
The most-downloaded shows of 2018 from BitTorrent are as follows:
The Walking Dead’s official Twitter took a moment to react to the news, poking some fun at the "accomplishment."
The Walking Dead will return for the rest of season nine on February 10, 2019. But it will face its fiercest competition yet again when Game of Thrones comes back for its final season in April.