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Breaking Bad's final episode: 500,000 illegal downloads and counting
Watch out, Game of Thrones
Walter White would probably approve.
Walter White would probably approve. (Illustration by Lauren Hansen | Photos courtesy of Ursula Coyote/AMC, Thinkstock)
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ith 10.3 million viewers tuning in, last night's finale of Breaking Bad will go down as the second-most popular episode in AMC's history.

But a slightly more dubious metric also indicates that fans couldn't get enough of Walter White and his fuzzy new head of hair. According to TorrentFreak, about 500,000 people illicitly pirated the show's final episode in the first 12 hours after it aired. That's an awful lot of people typing "Breaking Bad s05e16" into PirateBay!

The data seems to show that the majority of those downloading came from Australia, which beat out all other countries and consumed 18 percent of the climactic episode's BitTorrents.

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The United States came in second place with 14.5 percent of downloads, and the U.K. came in third at 9.3 percent. TorrentFreak reports that at its peak, more than 85,000 people around the world were sharing a single copy.

While that's certainly impressive, it still has quite a ways to catch up to Game of Thrones, which still holds the distinction as the most pirated show on the net, juuust ahead of inexplicables like Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother. The opening episode of season three, for example, currently holds well over five million digital downloads.

Chris Gayomali is the science and technology editor for TheWeek.com. Sometimes he writes about other stuff. His work has also appeared in TIME, Men's JournalEsquire, and The Atlantic.

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