Orange is the New Black isn’t just popular with Netflix’s 50 million subscribers: Episodes of the show were downloaded from P2P networks 60.8 million times in the second quarter of this year, according to a new report from the P2P media intelligence and measurement company Tru Optik.
This makes Orange is the New Black the third-most popular TV show on file-sharing networks during April, May and June, eclipsed only by The Big Bang Theory with 63.2 million downloads and Game of Thrones with a whopping 298.9 million downloads.
However, if you compare all TV networks by the piracy level of their shows, Netflix still trails the pack, coming in tenth behind all the broadcasters as well as cable TV household names like HBO, Showtime, FX and HBO. Interestingly, most of these networks’ shows aren’t downloaded by U.S. file sharers. Australia was number one in terms of absolute number of TV show episodes downloaded in the second quarter, according to Tru Optik, while Brazil led with the highest number of unique IP numbers. Still, the U.S. ranked second in each of these categories.
Tru Optik tracked a total of 9.4 billion P2P downloads worldwide in Q2, which were initiated from more than 354 million unique IP addresses. Movies were most popular amongst pirates, to the tune of 2.5 billion downloads, followed by TV shows with 2.14 billion downloads and porn with 1.65 billion downloads. Music piracy was trailing all other forms of media with only 858 million downloads.