When it comes to body count on TV shows, "Spartacus: Vengeance" is the killer.
A new study by funeralwise.com reports that Starz's Roman Empire drama averages 25 deaths per episode - leaving HBO's second-place "Game of Thrones" gasping in the dust with a mere 14.
Okay, 14 is still a healthy number. It's also well ahead of the CW's "Nikita," which had the deadliest broadcast network show with nine deaths per episode.
CBS's "NCIS" was second in the broadcast field, with six.
Funeralwise.com selected 40 shows for its survey and monitored eight new episodes in each show over the first four months of 2012.
Funeralwise managing partner Rick Paskin said the study was conceived for a serious purpose: to give the funeral industry some sense of how widely death is viewed on TV as entertainment.