Last night marked the series finale of the hit AMC series Breaking Bad and it is going down as one of the best finales for a television show ever. But while the ratings were through the roof, not everyone was able to watch it and turned to piracy to see what happened to Walter White.
According to Variety, the series finale for Breaking Bad was illegally downloaded over 500,000 times in the first 12 hours after the show finished.
Pirates swarmed over the series finale of AMC’s “Breaking Bad”: Internet users worldwide downloaded more than 500,000 copies of the episode within 12 hours of the first illegal copy showing up. That makes it the most pirated episode of “Breaking Bad” on record, according to piracy news site TorrentFreak.
It’s no surprise that Breaking Bad garnered such a piracy craze, as shows that aren’t on basic cable tend to have high piracy rates. The hit HBO series Game of Thrones stands as one of the most pirated television shows of all-time, but Breaking Bad is high on the list as well.
The series finale was the single most pirated episode of the series, which right there shows you how much people were looking forward to finding out what happened to Walter White. The 500,000 download stat comes in the first 12 hours after the show, and while piracy is being cracked down on, that number is expected to rise significantly as time presses on.