Surprise: 'Grey's Anatomy' among most-pirated TV shows of the week

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Surprise: 'Grey's Anatomy' among most-pirated TV shows of the week

Fri Apr 17, 2009 @ 03:33PM PST

By Eriq Gardner


Greysanatomy"Heroes" is the most-pirated television show for the second week in a row. But there's a surprise among the top 10 from April 6 to April 12, according to Show Insider:

1. Heroes (NBC)
2. Lost (ABC)
3. 24 (Fox)
4. House, M.D. (Fox)
5. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Fox)
6. South Park (Comedy Central)
7. Battlestar Gallactica (SciFi)
8. Smallville (CW)
9. Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
10. Scrubs (ABC)


It's generally assumed that men are much more likely than women to use file-sharing services like BitTorrent, but does the appearance of "Grey's Anatomy" upend those assumptions? The audience for the show skews heavily female, as does "Desperate Housewives" (#11 most pirated show) and "Gossip Girl" (#16, but that one has a primarily teen audience, which makes more sense). 


Interestingly, a Nielsen study last year found that women are twice as likely as men to watch online streams of television shows. Is it possible that the TV industry should focus more of its anti-piracy efforts on females?

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