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'Game of Thrones' steals crown for most pirated TV show of 2013

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HBO's "Game of Thrones" finally won the war. Unfortunately, the battle at hand was one that potentially lost them money.

TorrentFreak reports the highly popular series stole the crown for being the most pirated TV show in 2013. With 5.9 million BitTorrent downloads this year, "Game of Thrones" landed No. 1 for the second consecutive year.

The website blames HBO for why so many viewers illegally download the show, explaining the network refuses to make episodes more accessible through popular legal streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.

With that being said, "Game of Thrones" director David Petrarca admitted in February that piracy created much-needed "cultural buzz" for the show.

Nearly two million downloads behind "Thrones," AMC's "Breaking Bad" took the No. 2 spot, while "The Walking Dead," "The Big Band Theory" and "Dexter" round out the top 5.

Scroll through the gallery bellow for the complete list of 10 most pirated TV shows of 2013.

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