See my other reply where I point out the rest of that text, which involves Kevin Spacey, and the picture which shows Netflix's version. Still, the point was about Google's poor results more than piracy.
Actually, the whole thing says: "“House of Cards” explores the ruthless underside of British politics at the end of the Thatcher era. Reset against the backdrop of modern-day U.S. electoral politics, this new one-hour drama follows Kevin Spacey as an ambitious politician with his eye on the top job."
It also has a picture of Netflix's Kevin Spacey version.
Glad you pointed this out. I should have checked the trends for frequency of search, and included it to begin with. I've updated the article to note the lack of search volume.
Since I wasn't really going for quite the damning piece that everyone has made it out to be, it really didn't occur to me at the time to even look at search volume. That is to say I wasn't trying to suggest that this is how the majority of people search for these shows. The post was about an observation, and nothing more. I wasn't seeking out the story to begin with. I just happened upon the HoC search, found it odd, and decided to see what happened with similar queries for other Netflix shows, and it became what it became.
Contrary to what people are saying, I wasn't going for "misleading". Again, just observation ("Hey, that's odd that Google is showing these sites ahead of Netflix for this."). This isn't any kind of crusade on my part. I just think it makes sense to point people to the source of the content as a search engine. THE search engine as far as most of the world is concerned.
I came at this from a background of covering Google and its search results in general (which I've done for years). I often write about erroneous information Google shows in the Knowledge Graph, for example. This was an extension of this type of coverage more than anything, not to suggest Google is out to give people pirated material over the source on purpose or for the majority of searches.
You make a good point about Netflix doing some more optimization on their part.
Techdirt has not posted any stories submitted by Chris Crum.