ABSENTIA NEWS—With Absentia airing internationally and with links being shared for people to download, the question if this will hurt the show’s success in the U.S. The short answer is no. It won’t.
You must understand how ratings work and how they are measured. Only a tiny fraction households have boxes that track what you watch. In other words, any illegal downloads are unlikely to affect ratings or the show’s success in anyway.
As with Castle, people who want to watch will watch. Those that don’t, won’t. The chances of them being in the measured viewer pool are slim at best.
The people who are downloading the episodes are Stana Katic fans. They are the ones who are eager to watch. They’ll watch it when it airs in the U.S. regardless of having seen it or not.
If you are concerned about it don’t be. It won’t hurt the show one bit when it finally airs in the U.S.