Okay, here's this thing, I love cars just as much of the next guy, but to think that a show about cars that I've never even heard of until today has overtaken the intense fighting, nudity-filled, dramatic masterpiece that is "Game Of Thrones" - is simply ridiculous.

According to The Verge:

The Grand Tour is still early in its first season, but the Amazon-streamed show is already setting records for most illegally downloaded, according to the Daily Mail. The publication reports that its first episode has been downloaded 7.9 million times, while episode 2 and 3 are 6.4 million and 4.6 million downloads, respectively, for a total of 18.9 million illegal downloads.

That figure places it above top torrented shows like nudity-filled murderfest Game of Thrones or zombie apocalypse show The Walking Dead. Game of Thrones was TV’s most torrented show in 2015, according to TorrentFreak, with an estimated 14.4 million downloads on its season 5 finale; The Walking Dead sits at 6.9 million illegal downloads.

The Daily Mail pulled its results from MUSO, piracy market data analysts, and estimates that the show has lost £3.2 million on its first episode alone in Britain, which makes up 13.7 percent of the piracy crowd. Amazon Video, which requires a Prime subscription, is currently available in Austria, Germany, Japan, the US, and UK, though reports suggest the company is eyeing a more global reach.

The Grand Tour features former Top Gear Hosts Richard Hammond, James May, and Jeremy Clarkson who, as you may remember, was fired after punching a producer. The show streams weekly on Amazon and is part of a three-year, 36-episode deal.

Here's the thing. I'm not a conspiracy theorist by the furthest stretch of the word, but I wouldn't be a bit surprised if this was another fake news article fashioned to make this show seem better than it is, and reach an even broader audience. Really? More illegal downloads that "Game of Thrones"? Give me a break.

[via The Verge]

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