'Chuck' makes surprise visit to most-pirated TV shows list

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'Chuck' makes surprise visit to most-pirated TV shows list

Thu Apr 23, 2009 @ 02:19PM PST

By Eriq Gardner

CHUC_zlevi_400x400 Will "Chuck" get another season? 

Executives at NBC are in the midst of figuring that question out, as the series is on the "bubble" list of TV shows that may be cancelled or renewed.

We're pretty sure that television executives won't consider piracy data in their decision-making process, but it appears that the most recent episode of "Chuck" has been a big hit in underground circles. According to ShowInsider, the last episode was downloaded 350,000 times during the week of April 13 to April 19, making it the tenth most pirated episode of a TV show on major peer to peer networks during that time.

Taking the top spot was ABC's "Lost," a show that the network has tried to stream for free on its website. Almost 1.8 million downloads for the most recent episode testifies to the fact that many people want it their way.

Here's the full rankings:

1. Lost (1.79 million estimated downloads)
2. Heroes (1.66 million)
3. Prison Break (1.12 million)
4. 24 (720,000)
5. House (720,000)
6. How I Met Your Mother (635,000)
7. The Big Bang Theory (570,000)
8. Fringe (530,000)
9. South Park (380,000)
10. Chuck (350,000)

Meanwhile in other piracy news, it appears that defense lawyers in the Pirate Bay case may be zeroing in on the judge's connections to the movie industry. A Swedish national radio station reported that Judge Tomas Norstrom sits on the board of the Swedish Association for the Protection of Industrial Property and is a member of the Swedish Association of Copyright with other movie industry lawyers. "In my appeal, I will claim the court was biased and that the appeal court should cancel the verdict and re-submit the case to the district court," said Peter Althin, attorney for convicted Pirate Bay associate Peter Sunde.

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